This literary series features short stories and novels by the prominent Israeli author A. B. Yehoshua. In keeping with KlezKanada’s creative atmosphere and this year’s themes, our analysis will revolve around a discussion of the “anti-Ghetto” mentality that runs across this author’s oeuvre. Yehoshua’s fiction sets up multidimensional contacts between Jews and members of other religions and nations, as well as between different types of Israeli citizens (Jews and Arabs; Ashkenazim and Sephardim; religious and secular; newcomers and old-timers). Although this is not always evident from his controversial public speeches, Yehoshua’s fiction systematically promotes mutually validating relationships that transverse cultural boundaries. At the same time, he seeks to clarify differences between Jews and others in the present and the past.
At the beginning of each session in this series, participants will be handed key passages from Yehoshua’s oeuvre. These will enable us to appreciate the author’s literary themes and style. Every meeting will revolve around a vibrant discussion of these excerpts. Participants are welcome to attend all or part of the series.
Faculty: Yael Halevy-Wise