Graduate Course Code: POL2027H1F L0101
Topics in Political Thought II
Language and Politics: The Case of Hebrew
Hebrew as a sacred tongue (on the one hand) and as a profane, political tongue (on the other hand); the depiction of Hebrew in Jewish thought (e.g., Maimonides, Spinoza and Buber plus some texts from the Kabala); the role of language in the advent of Zionism as a national movement, including the "language wars" with Orthodox Jews; the place of Hebrew in shaping relations with non-Jewish Israelis. No prior knowledge of Hebrew is necessary.
Format and Requirements
One two-hour seminar per week. Course requirements TBA.