Dr. Matan Hermoni
27 teaching hours, equivalent to 3 ECTS
Dr. Matan Hermoni is a novelist, a scholar of Hebrew Literature, and a critic. Matan is the former editor of MOZNAYIM literary magazine. He published four novels and received several awards. His studies focus on Jewish literature in Eastern Europe. Matan teaches creative writing and history of Hebrew Literature at the Open University of Israel.
The history of modern Jewish literature is rather an unusual one – from a rich tradition of the Ancient Hebrews it made a quantum leap into the Enlightenment and Modern eras. The Hebrew language did not have the means to project and reflect on the Jewish lives in Eastern Europe in time of modernity and the beginning of secularism. In the late 18th and throughout 19th century, Jewish literature became a two headed creature. One was the Ancient language that has been practiced only in religious texts and chants. The other was the everyday language, Yiddish, that was spoken by the majority of the Jewish people and had different demands from its readership. Yet, each literature tried to tell the story of Jews in the new times: one remote and elevated, the other spoke the language as the people.