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  • Multilingual child

    Elective course: Bilingualism

    In a world in which over half of the children are bilingual or multilingual, better understanding of the developmental, linguistic, and societal aspects of bilingualism in children, is of a great interest. Bilingual acquisition is studied across language pairs, from psycholinguistic and sociolinguistic perspectives.

  • Heritage language

    New course: Grammars of Heritage Languages

    Besides Hebrew and Arabic, between 40 to 50 different Heritage Languages (HLs) are spoken by 1st, 2nd, and 3rd generation immigrants in Israel. Are you a Heritage Language speaker?

  • Surprise

    New course: Semantic-Pragmatic Interfaces - The semantics and pragmatics of mirativity: The linguistic encoding of surprise

    In this seminar we will examine the semantics and pragmatics of ‘mirativity’ – the linguistic encoding of surprise / expectation violation. 

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    New Course: Femininity, Domesticity, and Literature

    In an interview with the magazine Believer in 2014, the Irish poet, Eavan Boland remarked: “I was a woman in a house in the suburbs, married with two small children. It was a life lived by many women around me, but it was still not named in Irish poetry. I’ve often said, … that when I was young it was easier to have a political murder in a poem than a baby.”

    In this new course…

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    New Course: American Immigrant Writing

    Dr. Marcela Sulak is teaching a new course: “American Immigrant Writing." The course introduces students to American literature written from the end of the Civil War to the present that has been produced by immigrants.  We discuss the concept of national literature, as well as the concept of nation as a narrated construct, identity politics, and individualism. We also consider the mechanisms…

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    New Course: Shakespeare and Gender

    This new course, taught by Dr. Esther Schupak, focuses on gendered power relations in Shakespeare's texts. Early feminist criticism often coalesced around the two binaries of viewing Shakespeare’s work as either proto-feminist or unredeemably misogynist, while later feminist work has tended to adopt the narrative of women’s oppression. The limitation of this narrative is not that it is…

  • London

    New Course: Twentieth-Century British Literature

    Taught by Dr. Karin Berkman, the course surveys developments in the novel, short story, and poetry across the twentieth century, examining the ways in which British literature responds to cataclysmic historical events. We begin by tracing the ways in which the novel provides a profound critique of the iniquities of British imperialism. We then turn to an examination of the poetry that emerges…

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    Hybrid Seminar: Quantitative Research in Syntax

    Modern syntax often relies on data obtained from informal grammaticality judgments, meant to distinguish the sentences that our grammar allows us to generate from the ones that cannot be formed without violating principles of the grammar. However, grammaticality judgments may sometimes be unclear, gradient, or subject to considerable variation from speaker to speaker, and in such cases it has…

  • New Course: Hybrid Writing Workshop

    Taught by Prof. Sulak, this creative writing workshop is a study of literary genres; what they do, how they work, how to write about them, and how to produce them. The course takes as its guiding principle the idea that genre distinctions are a question of degree, rather than category.  The first Western medical texts, histories and narratives were written in verse form. In Greece, poetic…

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    New Course: Documentaries

    “Documentaries” explores how to create and write about art that is made out
    of news, current events, and topics of social and cultural relevance. We will
    attend in particular to representing voices, events, and phenomena that are
    underrepresented in national, social, and cultural discourse. The course
    introduces student writers to the genre of lyric essay, documentary…

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    New Course: Introduction to the Art of Literary Translation

    Prof. Evan Fallenberg will be teaching a new writing course. In this workshop, students will be introduced to the practice of literary translation – which Goethe called "… one of the weightiest and worthiest undertakings in the general concerns of the world" – and experience how texts both define and transcend cultural borders. Each week we will discuss students’ translations of literary works…

  • Shaindy Rudoff Program in Creative Writing alumni reading

    The link to the Eventbrite page so that people can register for the reading:

  • New Course: Arab American Literature

    Taught by Dr. Dalia Fadila, this course will examine literature written by Arabs of American descent in the United States since the early 20th century. Students will work at analyzing and understanding a range of texts, including novels, essays, poetry, and short stories as well as the different ways they attempt to define Arab American literature as a genre. This course is based on the…

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    New Course: South African Literature and Film

    Taught by Dr. Karin Berkman, this course examines South African cultural production between 1948 and 1996, under apartheid rule and in the post-apartheid period. During the course of the semester, the class will read the works of some of South Africa’s most renowned writers, including Alan Paton, Nadine Gordimer, Athol Fugard, Oswald Mtshali, Mongane Wally Serote, Dennis Brutus, Antjie Krog,…

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    Faculty publications: Yael Shapira, Inventing the Gothic Corpse

    Yael Shapira's Inventing the Gothic Corpse shows how a series of bold experiments in eighteenth-century British realist and Gothic fiction transform the dead body from an instructive icon into a thrill device. For centuries, vivid images of the corpse were used to deliver a spiritual or political message; today they appear regularly in Gothic and horror stories as a source of macabre pleasure…