**Summer 2017 Course Description** Through the various representations of forbidden love in contemporary Israeli cinema, this class will touch upon core issues with which Israeli society contends today – from the religious/secular divide to homoerotic relationships and queer culture to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the memory of the Holocaust. Some of the questions that we will investigate are: How is desire mobilized and channeled on the national and communal level? How are the boundaries defined between objects which are to be loved and those that are forbidden? And how can we move from perceiving emotions as inner private matters to perceiving them as political forces? By reading contemporary critical texts in cultural studies, we will analyze the ways in which cinematic representations have attempted to narrate these core issues through their engagement with impossible love. NOT OPEN TO PRECOLLEGE STUDENTS.
This course utilizes the expertise of visiting professors and NYU faculty to examine diverse topics in Israel’s culture and history in the modern era.