Community

At the English Department we recognize that the value of an academic experience cannot be reduced to study programmes and credit points. The extra-curricular frameworks attached to our Department provide opportunities for students to participate in campus life outside the classroom. Students are strongly encouraged to show initiative--for instance, to organize reading groups that reflect their love for a particular author, or to join existing groups. We have a Film club, and on occasion we also organize informal public lectures (in the past we have had public lectures on Wuthering Heights, Romeo and Juliet, Alice in Wonderland, and the Harry Potter books).

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Alumni

Rachel Beitsch-Feldman

Like most literature majors, I've always loved reading. I've also always loved carrying on intellectual conversations involving complex subjects and big words. One of the most delightful things about the Hebrew University English Department was that it enabled me to combine those two loves into a course of study. But it wasn't just that my class reading lists consisted mainly of contemporary and classic literature (including some excellent books I would never have thought to read on my own), or that I got to spend hours engaged in stimulating discussions with lovely and intelligent people who shared my interests. My time in the department also exposed me to a wide range of thinkers, many in fields that weren't necessarily literary. And most importantly, I found myself in an environment that rigorously encouraged critical thinking, where my professors could actually parse my sesquipedalian ramblings and call me on inconsistencies or lack of substance. It was an environment that challenged me to work hard, to put careful thought into my words--and to learn. I've emerged from it edified--and with some published poems under my belt to boot.

 

Nir Evron

I was always a reader growing up, but I had never thought of literary studies as a career option. It somehow did not occur to me that I could work at what I love. Therefore, when I enrolled in the English Department at the Hebrew University in the early 2000s, it was so as to have some form of spiritual sustenance while I pursued my more "serious" course of study in another of the university's faculties. It did not take long, however, before English became my overriding intellectual preoccupation and the center of my academic career. And so, a contingent decision, made almost desultorily, changed the course of my life. 

I owe much of the last decade - from the acceptance to the graduate program at Stanford University to the subsequent hire by the Department of English and American Studies at Tel Aviv University - to my professors at Hebrew U. The English Department offers its undergraduates what I now know to be a world-class education, all while providing a genuine home to the literary-minded student. It provided me with a model of academic and intellectual excellence that I continually try to live up to in my own teaching, research and writing.

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Film Club

The English Department film club is run by members of the students' committee. Films are screened in the multimedia room of the Humanities library, and are preceded by a brief introductory talk (no spoilers). Not all films are adaptations of a literary classic, but some literary connection, or degree of literary interest is to be expected.

A partial list of previous screenings includes Ridley Scott's Blade Runner, Kurosawa's Throne of Blood, John Huston's The Dead, Steve Jacobs's Disgrace, Alfred Hitchcock's Strangers on a Train, and Kubrick's The Shining.

Visit this page for updates on the 2015-2016 schedule

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Finnegans Wake Reading Group

The Jerusalem Finnegans Wake Reading Group convenes twice a month to read Joyce's masterpiece in an informal setting. We meet at a coffee-shop in town or at the apartment of one of the members (also in town). Our first session was held on Joyce's birthday, February 2nd 2015. We are a mixed group, and each member brings different competences to the table (language skills, encyclopaedic knowledge, factoids, sheer enthusiasm). We can always use more, and we welcome newcomers.

For enquiries please write to Yaeli Greenblatt: yaeli.greenblatt@gmail.com

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