Prof. Tamar Wolf-Monzon
Courses in 2015/2016
Course Name: The Fundamentals of Poetry – (introductory course) 13-600-01
Meta-goal: The course strives to give the student a foundation for the reading and interpretation of literature. The course will explore the organization and rhetorical structures of the poetic text, figurative means of expression and the elements that make up the phonetic organization of the poetic text.
Course structure and content:
Between the poetic text and the documentary text, the difference between poetry and prose; the structural organization of the poetic text (the different functions of syntactical-rhetorical repetitions; the comparison as a rhetorical device; flat and in-depth structures; principals of selection and conjunction).
Linguistic communications actions, fixed and temporary semantic shifts; types of change in semantic shifts, the metaphoric and metonymic poles (modes of classification and analysis of rhetorical figures of speech: the metaphor, simile, symbol, image, metonym, etc.)
Understanding the concepts of: meter, tempo and rhythm.
The tonal and quantitative principal in poetic meter, Ashkenazi pronunciation – principals and rules, types of meters in poetry, the transition from the Ashkenazi stress to the Sepharadi stress,; Sepharadi pronunciation – principals and features, deviations and exceptions in metrics, assonant and consonant rhyming, prosody and alliteration.
Course name: Uri Zvi Grinberg’s early works (1912-1926): Poetics and rhetoric (Elective course) 13-275-01
Meta-goal: To get to know the poetic and journalistic oeuvre of Uri Zvi Grinberg, one of the greatest Hebrew poets in the modern age, learn about how his creative consciousness formed, the dialogue that his poetry holds with the canon of Hebrew literature over the generations, alongside exposure to European cultural and avant-garde influences.
Course structure and content:
The place of Uri Zvi Grinberg on the map of Hebrew poetry, definition of the corpus and its features, Uri Zvi Grinberg’s childhood home and intellectual habitat, his early works, sources of influence and inspiration in the early stages of the formation of his work; features of the Warsaw literary center, the influence of the First World War on his work, the Warsaw period – his poetic and journalistic works (study of Mephisto).
The Berlin period – the encounter with German Expressionism, the issues of Albatross and their poetical and rhetorical features, Uri Zvi Grinberg’s decision to immigrate to Eretz Israel and the poetic consequences, on the background of the Third Aliya – the encounter with the pioneers, the Eima Gedola VeYareach collection – poetic and rhetorical features. The Tur Malka poetry cycle, readings in HaGavrut HaOlah (archetypical elements, the structure of symbolic systems), between his poetry and journalistic writings – linguistic and stylistic affinities, the oxymoronic approach to the expanse of Eretz Israel.
Course name: Shlonsky, Alterman and what they share (Seminar & Course) 13-505-01, 13-487-01
Meta-goal: The story of the development of Hebrew poetry in the twentieth century through the consolidation of the poetics of two of the poets that shaped Hebrew modernity, Avraham Shlonsky and Natan Alterman, and a review of how they influenced the literary norms of the groups at whose centers they stood.
- To become acquainted with the formative steps in the poetry of Avraham Shlonsky and Natan Alterman – a monographic review of their work.
- To learn about the activities of the literary groups at whose center they were active (Ketuvim, Yahdav, Mahbarot LeSifrut) – a description of the literary expanse in which they worked, the journals in which they published, the literary life that characterized their work – the cafés in which they sat, their sources of influence and inspiration.
- The “anxiety of influence” of each of these figures and the way in which they influenced other poets.
- A discussion of the poets who were influenced and inspired by Shlonsky and Alterman or who reacted to them, including Israel Zamora, Yocheved Bat-Miriam, Yonatan Ratosh, Yaakov Orland.
Information on Courses for the 2013-2014 Academic Year
The Fundamentals of Poetry – Introductory Course
The course will construct a scientific infrastructure for the reading and interpretation of poetry. It will explore diverse structural-rhetorical connections of the poetical text and the manner in which the figurative language is framed (e.g. the metaphor, simile, image and metonym) [The course is geared to B.A. students].
From the Generation of 1948 to the Generation of the State – The Changing of the Poetic Guard: Alterman, Gouri, Gilboa, Halfi, Amichai (Seminar and Lecture)
This seminar is interdisciplinary in nature and combines poetical, sociological and historical aspects. The seminar will focus on the generational attribution of the poets of 1948 and the role of the War of Independence in the formative consolidation of their poetical oeuvre. The seminar will examine the influence of Natan Alterman on the young poets, as well as the contributions made by Haim Gouri, Ayin Hillel and Natan Yonatan to the framing and fostering of the “Sabra ethos” and the shaping of a collective, at the center of which lay the esprit de corps of the comrades at arms. The course will examine the work of poets such as Avraham Halfi and Amir Gilboa, who responded to the War of Independence taking a unique poetic path that did not comply with the generational norms, on the background of the poetics typical of this generation of poets. A prominent place will be devoted to the poetry of the members of Likrat, in particular, Yehuda Amichai, Natan Zach and David Avidan, and to the revolution they sought to foment, inspired by the Imagist movement – in the type of expression they used in poetry, its rhetoric and figurative formation [Geared to students in their second year and above; open also as a general course].
The Contours of Uri Zvi Grinberg’s Later Poetry (from the late 1920s on) (Lecture)
An encounter with the poetry and journalistic writings of Uri Zvi Grinberg, among the greatest Hebrew poets of the Modern Age, on the background of his dramatic defection from the Labor movement in the late 1920s and his enlisting in the Revisionist Tzohar party and the establishment of Brit Habiryonim. The course will explore Grinberg’s political poetry alongside his lyrical and philosophical poems, and will discuss his banishment from the cultural consensus that was taking shape during the yishuv period in wake of the publication of his Sefer Ha-Kitrug Ve-Ha-Emuna [The Book of Indictment and Faith], and his return to the consensus upon the early publication of the poems of Rehovot Ha-Nahar [Streets of the River] in Haaretz and after he twice won the Bialik Prize [Geared to third-year and graduate students].