Centre for Languages and Literature

The Joint Faculties of Humanities and Theology | Lund University

Jewish World Literature in the 20th Century


Course code: YIDB20
Swedish title: Judisk världslitteratur på 1900-talet
ECTS credits: 15


Study period: spring 2020
Type of studies: part time, day
Study period: 2020-01-20 – 2020-06-07
Eligibility: General and courses corresponding to the following Swedish Upper Secondary School Programs: Civics 1b/1a1+1a2, English 6.

Language of instruction: English
Application code: LU-E5621

Language of instruction: Swedish
Application code: LU-75121


In this course you will some key theories used in the research areas of world literature and translation studies and how to apply them  to a selection literary works written by Jewish authors in the 20th century. 

The works that will be studied are novels, short stories, prose poems and autobiographical texts originally written in Yiddish, Hebrew, English, German or Russian. All literary texts will be studied in English. 

The general aim of the course is, first, to highlight the main themes, styles, narrative devices and cultural aspects (Jewish identity, secularisation, nihilism, migration, revolution, Modernism, humour and satire, psychoanalysis and the Holocaust) marking Jewish twentieth-century literature originating in Central and Eastern Europe, the USA, and the Soviet Union and Russia (prior to 1917). A second aim is to use current theoretical perspectives of translation studies to describe the primary challenges of translating Jewish literature into English.

Important dates – Spring semester 2020

First Admission Round / Internationell ansökningsomgång

Day Lund, part time 50%
In English
January 20, 2020 – June 7, 2020

Closed for applications

Second Admission Round / Nationell ansökningsomgång

Dagtid Lund, halvfart 50%
In Swedish
20 januari 2020 – 7 juni 2020

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Tuition Fees

Non-EU/EEA citizens

Full course tuition fee: SEK 25 000
First payment: SEK 25 000
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