The Degree Programs
Jewish and Comparative Folklore Program
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem , The Faculty of Humanities , The Institute of Jewish Studies.
The Program is devised to supply students with a basic education in the modes communication and creativity characteristic to folklore. We teach the following areas of folklore studies: Folk literature, both oral and written, especially in various languages of the Jews, Folk art and material culture in Jewish societies, Folk belief, Folk religion, customs and rituals in Jewish culture.
The program combines theoretical and descriptive aspects as well as field work techniques such as interviewing, observation and audio-visual documentation and archiving.
The folklore program serves students studying for the BA degree in Folklore and may be studied in combination with any other field taught at the faculties of Humanities, Social Sciences and Natural Sciences. MA Studies may be pursued at an individual program at the Faculty of Humanities. The Hebrew University also has a doctoral program in Folklore, at the Faculty of Humanities.
Folk Literature may also be studied as a partial requirment of the Department of Hebrew Literature.
In addition to the teaching program there is a Folklore Research Center at the Faculty of Humanities. Some of the active programs at the center at the present are: The Israeli Proverb, The History of the Hebrew Proverb. The Center houses some valuable collections among them an extensive collection on Israeli Humor.
The Institute of Jewish Studies also publishes the Jerusalem Studies in Jewish Folklore, an annual publication in Hebrew, with English abstracts. Subscription at the Magnes Press, The Hebrew University.
The University also has The Max and Margaret Grunwald Chair of Folklore.
Incumbents: Prof. Dov Noy (emeritus); Prof. Galit Hasan-Rokem.
Our administrative staff consists of Ms. Ariela Avni and Ms. Varda Schwartz.
|Prof. Dov Noy|| Professor Emeritus|
|Prof. Galit Hasan-Rokem||Senior Lecturer|
|Prof. Olga Goldberg-Mulkiewicz ||Senior Lecturer|
|Dr. Shalom Sabar ||Head of Program|
|Dr. Issachar Ben-Ami ||Senior Researcher (retired)|
|Dr. Esther Schely-Newman|| lecturer |
|Dr. Hagar Salamon ||lecturer|
|Dr. Ilana Rosen|
|Dr. Nili Arye-Sapir|
|Dr. Hagit Matras|
|Ms. Ester Juhas|
|Ms. Carmela Avdar|
Born 1945, Helsinki; Ph.D. 1978, Hebrew Univ.; Lect. 1978; Sen. Lect. 1984 Assoc. Prof. 1993.
Folk-literature, especially proverbs. Folk narrative in Midrash and the theory of folklore.
- The indexing of Israeli proverbs. Funding: The Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture (New York); Ministry of Education and Culture; Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities.
- The interpretation of folklore in Midrash.
- Jewish motifs in folklore.
- The history of the Hebrew proverb in its cultural context. Funding: Israel Academy
of Sciences and Humanities. (see also: Georgian Proverbs of Dialogue and Dialogue of Proverbs in Israel
.De Proverbio,vol 2-no2-1996)
Born 1933, Gorlice (Poland);Immigrated to Isrsel- 1967.
M.A. The Jagiellonian University, Cracow, Poland, 1955.
Ph.D. The University of Lodz, Lodz, Poland, 1967.
Polish Academy of Sciences, Institut of Art, Cracow, Poland
Assistant, Senior Assistant 1955-1961.
The University of Lodz, Poland, Lecturer,1961-1967.
The Hebrew Univesity of Jerusalem, Israel, 1969-
Lecturer 1969-1984, Senior Lecturer 1984-.
Visiting Professor, The Jagiellonian University. Cracow 1988, 1993.
The University of Lodz, 1994.
Awards - Warburg Prize -1969, Memorial Foundation for Jewish
Culture - Grants 1970,1972.
International Society for Ethnology and Folklore - Israel
Representative. Finish Academy of Sciences and Letters Network of Folkloristis- An Associate Member.
Jewish Folk Arts and Crafts, specially
Paper-Cuts, Traditional Jewellery specially of Oriental Jews .
Traditional Culture of East Europian Jews, Mutual Penetration
of Jewish and Polish Motifs in that Region.
- The traditional "shtetl" in the contemporary memory of Jews and Poles.
- Traditional Jewish jewelry: its form and functions, with special reference to the jewelry of Yemenite and Iraqi Jews.
Born 1951, Zacho (Iraq); Ph.D. 1987, Univ. of Calif., Los Angeles; Lect 1987.
Jewish folk art in Europe and in Islamic lands since Talmudic times till the present. Approaches to the image and tangible objects among Ashkenazi and Sephardi communities. Illuminated manuscripts among the Sephardim and the Jews of North Africa; the illuminated marriage contract among Jewish communities around the world. Hebrew script in Renaissance and Baroque art (Christian); image of Jerusalem and the Temple in folk and high art of the three monotheistic religions.
- A catalogue raisonne of the marriage contracts (ketubbot) at the library of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. Funding: Jewish Theological Seminary (New York).
- Midrash and legendary sources in Jewish folk art.
Born 1933, Casablanca; D.Phil. 1967, Univ. of Gottingen; Sen. Lect I973.
Customs, folk-beliefs and folk-life patterns among Jews. Saint veneration among the Jews of North Africa. Folk-medicine. Marriage and birth celebrations. Magic rites. Popular festivals.
- Magic in the modern Jewish society of Israel.
- A traditional Jewish healer: a monograph.
- Burial customs among the Jews of North Africa.
Department of Communication and Journalism
Degrees: MA: The Hebrew University (1987); Ph.D: The university of Chicago (1991)
verbal folklore; personal narratives;
historical/nostalgic narratives; women's folkltales; folklore and
communication; performance - mainly linguistic aspects.
- "The Woman who was shot: a communal tale"JAF 106
- "Sweeter than honey: discourse of reproduction among North African women"
Text and Performance Quarterly 15:3 (1995): 175-188.
- "Role changes of Tunisian women in Israel," in Active Voices: Women in
Jewish Culture. Edited by Marie Sacks. University of Illinois Press,
1995. pp. 157-170.
- "Looking backward with a forward view: Stories that make sense," in
Rural Cooperatives in Socialist Utopia: Thirty years of mosahv
development in Israel. Edited by Moshe Schwartz, Susan Lees and Gideon
Kressel. Praeger, 1995. pp. 83-96.
- "The peg of your tent: Narratives of North African Israeli women," in
Sephardic and Middle Eastern Jews in Modern Times: Historical and
Anthropological Studies. Edited by Harvey E. Goldberg. Indiana
University Press, forthcoming 1996.
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The Degree Programs
The academic study of Jewish folklore is conducted in the university
under two frameworks:
Department of Hebrew Literature: An introductory course: Introduction to
the Hebrew Folktale (Elements of folkloristics and a wide survey of the
Hebrew folktale from the Bible to Modern Israel).
A variety of advanced courses on special themes in Jewish folklore,
including seminars for B.A. and M.A., and Ph. D. program.
The second framework is the program on Jewish folklore in the
department of General Humanities. The study in this program include:
Theoretical introduction to folkloristics; Introduction to anthropology;
modern Jewish folklore; the culture of Israel; ethnic relations in Israel;
Jewish folk-art, and a variety of courses from the departments of
sociology and anthropology, Hebrew literature, Jewish history; faculty of
One of the best collections of Jewish folklore is preserved and studied in
the Museum of the Diaspora of Tel-Aviv University. Jewish art,
architecture; folk costumes, sacred artifacts; Jewish names and their
origins; the art of booklore; synagogues all over the Jewish diaspora are
presented and studied here, and are a most important source for folkloric
material and studies.
|Prof. Eli Yassif|| Hebrew Literature|
|Prof. Nurit Canaan-Kedar|| Art|
|Prof. Shlomo Deshen ||Anthropology|
|Prof. Moshe Shokeid|| Anthropology|
|Prof. Joseph Sadan|| Arabic Literature|
|Prof. Ron Barkai ||Medieval History|
|Dr. Michal Oron ||Hebrew Literature|
( For further information see his Homepage at:
Prof. Of Hebrew Literature and Jewish Folklore, Tel-Aviv University.
Ph. D.: The Hebrew Universtiy, Jerusalem, 1977.
Post Doctoral studies: University of Californian Los Angeles 1979-80.
Prof. of Jewish folklore, Ben Gurion University, Beer-Sheva, Israel, 1975-1995 (Chairman of the Department of Hebrew; Vice dean of the Faculty of
Humanities and Social Sciences).
Visiting Fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford, and Prof. at University College,
London University, 1986-1987.
Visiting Prof. University of California, Berkeley, 1991.
Fields of Interest: History of folkloristics; the history of Jewish folklore;
folk-narrative; Jewish studies.
- The Sacrifice of Isaac: Studies in the Development of a Literary Tradition. With a Prolegomenon and Bibliography, Makor Publishing, Jerusalem, 1978, 300pp.
- The Tales of Ben Sira in the Middle-Ages: A Critical Text and Literary Studies, The Magnes Press, The Hebrew University, Jerusalem, 1984, 320pp.
- The Study of Jewish Folklore: An Annotated Bibliography, Garland Folklore Series (General Editor: Alan Dundes), New York and London, 1986, 342 pp.
- Haim Schwarzbaum, Jewish Folklore: Between East and West., Edited with an introductory essay: "The Contribution of H.Schwarzbaum to Folklore Studies", The Ben Gurion University Press, 1990, 397pp.
- R. Yehuda Yudle Rosenberg: The Golem of Prague and other Tales of Wonder. Selected Stories with introduction and notes, Jerusalem, Mosad Bialik, 1991,260pp.
- Haim Schwarzbaum, Roots and Landscapes: Collected Studies in Folklore, edited by Eli Yassif, Ben-Gurion University Press, 1994, 220,pp.
- The Hebrew Folk-Tale:History, Genre, Meaning. Mosad Bialik, Jerusalem, 1994, 720pp. (The English Translation: Indiana University Press, due:1997)
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The Degree Programs
Courses in Themetology and Folklore.
The researchers of Themathology present courses which include
folkloristic matterial. 2 courses in Thematology for B.A.
students (given by Dr. R. Kushelevsky and Dr A. Lipsker)
present also versions from IFA. A seminar for advanced students
(gIven by Prof. Y. Elstein) deal with the methods of Wesselski,
Propp, Thompson and Dundes. These courses are based on 2
Thematological Encyclopedia of the Literature of
the Jewish People
Tne thematology of the literature of the Jewish people uncovers the major themes of
Jewish literary culture in its organic totality, by isolating, tracing and analysing the
homogeneous narrative series that run through it from its early beginning in the past
biblical period up to modern Hebrew literature.
These thematic series, each revolving around one single narrative, lend themselves to
a thorough investigation along the dimension of change and invariability, with far-reaching discoveries about the consistent and continual development of Jewish
literature across time and place.
This thematological perspective shifts the research emphasis in the following way:
The specifically designed thematological methodology that is employed in this
research is based on several key-concepts, each corresponding to a different levei of
emphasis, forming an ascending hierarchical order. They are: the motif (corresponding to the level of the material [stoff]): the motifeme (corresponding to the level of
function); the constanta (corresponding to the level of structure); and the telos
(corresponding to the level of ideas and poetic convention).
- The research orientation regards the very process which produces the entire
series as a valuable object of research per se.
- Every manifestation of this sequence in any given period is rigorously examined.
Thts research seeks to cover this literary sequence both historically and geographically, i.e. to gather, classify and analyse a wide range of narrative versions which were
widespread among the Jews living in different communites. Some of these versions
were initially created in different communites themselves while others had originated
elsewhere, but were later modified and assumed a distinct character of their own in
response to the ever-changing influence of the surrounding environment.
The heads of research carried out in Israel are ,Prof. Y. EIstein and Dr A. Lipsker,
supervising procedures concerning the Iiterary material in Hebrew, Aramaic and
Yiddish, the literature of the Minhagim and the Midrashim, and the literature of the
The head of the German team, Prof. Dr Ch. Daxelmuller supervised the collection and
analysis of material in the following areas: the Zeitschrift literature; Jewish-German
literature; Calendar Tales in the 19th century; Jewish Youth Movement literature;
Family magazines as well as the Midrashic literature and the literature of the
Minhagim, which are written in Jewish-German and Yiddish.
The present research covers 12 sample themes:
Future expansion of this pilot study will eventually result in a comprehensive
thematological encyclopedia containing approximately 250 entries. This thematological research is expected to shed light on the diffusion and distribution of literary
phenomena and the intercultural contacts between tne Jews and their host anviroments.
- "Three Gifts of Elijah"' (Die drel Brueder);
- "Ben Sabar and the Angel of Death";
- "Joshua B. Levi and the Angel of Death";
- "Sussana and the Elders";
- "A Treasure under the Bridge";
- "The Seven Good Years";
- "The Coffin of Rabbi Amram"
- "The Jew, The Muslim and the Christian: The Best Dream";
- "Pope Elchanan'
- "The Jars of Honey" (Die Honigkruege);
- "Nahum Ish Gimzu" (Der Herr ist mit seinem Boten);
- "R. Akiba and the Wandering Dead".
Furthermore, the findings of this research will be of considerable value to scholars of Folklore,
Comparative Literature and to those interested in the History of ideas.
Prof. Yoav Elstein
- Ma'aseh Hoshev, Studies in Hasidic Tales. Eked Publishing,
Tel-Aviv, 1983, 191p.
- ln the Footsteps of A Lost Princess. A Structural Analysis the First Tale by Rabbi Nachman of Braslav, Bar-Ilan University Press,Ramat-Gan, 1984, 252p,
- The Ecstatic Tale, Studies in Metapoetics of the Hasidic Tale, Bar-Ilan University Press, Ramat-Gan (in print)
- "The Midrash as a Hidden Substrata in Agnon's Stoy "Tale
the Goat", in Samuel Yosef Agnon- Selected Papers on his Work, ed. Hilel
Barzel,Am Oved, Tel-Aviv, 1982, 521-531 (reprint from Ha'Poel Ha'Tzair, 39,1968,23-30).
- "The Gregorius Legend: Its Christian Versions and Its Metamorphosis in the Hassidic Tale", Fabula, 27, heft 3/4 (1986), 195-215.
- "Morphology and Symbolism in Hasidic Tales Based on the Theme 'A Single act can save one's soul ' ",Jerusalem Studies in Jewish Folklore, 11-12 (1989-1990), 18-45.
- "'The Dancing Paupers': A Medieval Story in Hasidic Garbs", Y. Ratzhaby's Jubileum Volume, ed. J. Dishon and E. Chazan, Bar-Ilan University Press, Ramat-Gan, 1990,353-364.
- "'A Pearl Inside a Snake's Mouth - On the Function of a
Motifeme of Gnostic Origin in Rabbinic Aggadah and in 'The Tale of Three and Four', Second Version, by Bialik", Jerusalem Studies in Jewish Folklore, 13 14 (1991-1992), 181-203.
- The Ba'al Shem Tov's Birth Tales- A Forgery or Literary Creation?", Chulyot. 2. (Summer 1994), 51-68.
- " 'He who Prays for the Rains'" A Thematological Study of a Jewish-Oriental Version (in Y.S. Parhi's 'Oseh Pele') and a Hasidic Version (in A.Y. Soibelman's 'Sippurei Zaddikim he-Hadash). Criticism and Interpretation 30 (August 1994), 65-97.
- (With Avidov Llpsker) "The Homogenous Series in the
Literaure of the Jewishl People: A Thematological Methdology",
In Thematics Reconsidered, Essays in Honor of Horst S.
Daemrich, ed. by Frank Trommler, ("Internationale Forschungen
zur Allgemeinen und Vergleichenden Literaturwissenschaft "
series), Editions Rodopi B.V., Amsterdam 1995, 87-116
- "Magical and Mystical Components in Tales of Healing in the
Book 'Shivhei Ha'Besht ' ", in Da'at 34 (1995), 131-149.
- "The Mythic Element ln the Hasidic Tale as Producing an
Ecstatic Awareness",Myth and Jewish Thought, ed. by H. Pedaya
Ben-Gurion University Press Beer-Sheva. 15 p. (in print, to be published in 1996)
- (With Ariela Krasny) "The Ma'aseh Book", an entry in Encyclopedie des Maerchens, (in print)
- (With Avidov Lipsker) "'Joseph Who Honor the Sabbath': A
Themathological Test Case", Fabula (1996) (in print), 30 p,
- "The Mytopoeoic Element ln 'The Tale of the Goat ' by
S.Y. Agnon 'The Two She-Goats from Shebreshin' (IFA 532)"
(A manuscript ),
Dr. Avidov Lipsker
- "The Bride and the Seven Beggars--Telos Shifts as a
Change in Cultural Values: On sources of the Narrative
Framework of the ' Tale of the Seven Beggars'" (in
Hebrew). Jerusalem Studies in Jewish Folklore 13-14
- "The Fluctuations in the Iconic Shaping of the Zaddik's
Halo as Related to Their Historical-cultural Context: A
Study of Four Thematic Series" ( in Hebrew). In Sippur
Okev Sippur: A Collection of Studies in the Thematology
of the Literature of the Jewish People. Ramat Gan: Bar
Ilan University Press. 40 pp. (in print).
- "The thematology of the literature of the Jewish people.
Horizons and Boundaries" (with Y. Elstein; in Hebrew). In
Sippur Okev Sippur. Ramat Gan: Bar-Ilan University Press,
40 pp . ( in print ) .
- "Mystical and Ecstatic Initiation into the Holy: On the
Legendary Background of the Novel "Katharina" by Aaron
Appelfeld" ( in Hebrew). 02: Journal of Literature and Art
1, ed, Yig'al Schwarz (Jerusalem, 1953) 87-98.
- "The Thematology of the Literature of the Jewish People:
A Theoretical Introduction" (wltlh Y. Elstein; in Hebrew) .
Bikkoret U-Parshanut 30 Bar-llan University Press
(1994) , pp.7-14.
- "A Tapestry of Life, A Tapestry of Death: A Narrative
Theme Transferred to European and Hebrew Poetry" (in
Hebrew). Bikkoret U-Parshanut 30 (1994), pp. 197-217
- "On a Lost Midrash in the Novel Mar Mani by A. B.
Yehoshua" (in Hebrew). In Sefer Mar Mani, ed. Nitzah Ben Dov
Hakibbutz ha-Me'uhad, 1994, pp.247-271
- "On the Meaning of an Expository Motifeme in the Tale of
"The Jewish Pope" in the 1602 edition of the Ma'aseh Buch,
(in Hebrew). Chulyot: Journal of Yiddish Research (Haifa, University).3 ( 1994), 30 pp. (in print)
- "The Homogeneous Series in the Literature of the Jewish
People: A Thematological Methodology" ( with Y. Elstein).
In Frank Trommler (ed.), Thematics Reconsidered, Essays in
Honor of Horst S. Daemmrich, Amsterdam: Rodopi, pp.86-116
Dr. Rella Kushelevsky
Classification: Midrash, Aggadah, Thematology, Hebrew Literature.
- "Aaron' s Rod: An Exploration of One Creterion for Establishing a
Thematic Series", Jerusalem Studies in Jewish Folklore 13-14
- "The Yearnings for the Land of Israel in the Theme of Moses'
Death", Alei-Siah 31-32 (1992): 189-196.
- "The Tanna and the Restless Dead: Jewish of Non-Jewish Legend?",
Criticism and Interpretation 30 (1994): 41-63
- Moses and the Angel of Death (Themes and Motifs in Literature
Series, ed. H. S. Daemmrich, vol. 4), Peter Lang, New-York at al
- "Some Remarks on the Date and Sources of Sefer ha-Massiyyiot",
Kiryat-Sefer (1996), in print
- "The Death of Moses: ms Parma 327", Kiryat-Sefer (in print).
- "Mythical Elements in 'ben-Sever and Shefifon ben-Layish': The
Development of a Medieval Story", Dapim le-Mehkar be-Sifrut (in
- "The Legend of 'ben Durdea': A Monotheistic Reply to a Mythical
Approach", Jerusalem Studies in Jewish Folklore (in print)
- "Between Life and Death in Medieval Ashkenazi Literature: a
Discussion of ms de-Rossi 563", Aschkenas, (accepted for print)
- "The Tanna and the Restless Dead", The Encyclopedia for Narrative
Themes (in print)
- "Rabbi Joshua ben Levi and the Angel of Death", The Encyclopedia
for Narrative Themes (in print)
- "Ben Sever and Shefifon ben Lyish", The Encyclopedia for
Narrative Themes (in print)
- "From 'Geniza to Death': A Dianamic Preception of the theme of
'Moses' Death", Sipur okev Sipur (in print).
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The Degree Programs
Head of Folklore Studies: Dr. Haya Bar-Itzak
- Division for Undergraduate Students.
- Minor Department for Graduate Students.
Purposes: To provide the students knowledge and understanding of
Folkloristics, as well as in the various areas of Jewish folklore in Jewish ethnic groups in Israel
and Israeli contemporary folklore: folk
culture, beliefs and customs, folk literature, art, etc.
To create an interdisciplinary meeting-point for different
areas of knowledge: history, literature, anthropology, sociology,
communications, education and art.
To train students to carry out field work in folklore and to initiate and
conduct folklore research in Israel.
Courses offered in the Department: Introduction to Folk literature, Communicative Aspects of Folklore, Jewish Magic, Women and Womanhood in
Folklore, Jewish Folk Songs, The Folk Literature of the Slavic People,
Studies in the Historical Legend.
| Dr. Haya Bar-Itzhak ||Folk literature folklore and communication|
|Prof. Tamar Katriel|| The ethnography of communication|
|Prof. Dov Noy || Folk literature|
| Dr. Larisa Fialkova|| Slavic folklore|
|Ms. Idit Pintel-Ginsberg ||symbol and magic|
|Ms. Galya Shenberg|| Folk literature|
|Prof. Aliza Shenhar|| Folk literature (in vacation)|
( For further information see her Homepage at:
The area of my research is the Jewish folk narrative, with my work
combining the ethnographic and poetic aspects of the subject. The
ethnographic aspect is manifested in the recording of folk narratives in
their natural environment, while examining the storytelling event,
narrator-audience relations, the narrative as a communicative process, and
the performance itself. In the area of poetics, I have examined various
poetic elements, using concepts from literary theory and adapting them to
the field of folk narrative. I have studied such poetic aspects as
character, space, and narration and the components of communication, among
others. These studies have been carried out while relating to various
genres, such as wonder tale and legends of different types. My research
emphasizes different research approaches, examining their contribution to
interpreting and gaining an understanding of the text.
Among my recent publications:
- Bar-Itzhak, H., & A. Shenhar, Jewish Morrocan Folk Narratives From Israel,
Wayne State University Press, 1993, 205 pp.
- Legends of Poland - Ethnopoetics and Legendary Chronicles, Sifriyat
Poalim, 1996, 230 pp. (Hebrew).
- "Israeli Reality in the Traditional Narrative of Yemenite Jews", Tema,
Journal of Judeo-Yemenite Studies, 3, 1993, pp. 130-143. (Hebrew)
- Bar-Itzhak, H., A. Shenhar, "Processes of Change in Israeli Society as
Reflected in Folklore Research: The Beit-She'an Model", Jewish Folklore
and Ethnology Review, 15, 1993.
- "Jewish Morrocan Cinderella in Israeli Context," Journal of Folklore
Research, 30, 2/3, 1993, pp. 93-125.
- "Comments on the Hagada of the Bund", Chuliyot Journal of Yiddish
Research, 2, 1993, pp. 255-271. (Hebrew)
- "From Beginnings to Destruction - Synagogues in Poland as Reflected in the
Folk Narrative", Jerusalem Studies in Jewish Folklore, 1994, 16, pp.
- "Narration and the Components of Communication in the Jewish Folk Legend",
Fabula, 35, 3/4, 1995, pp. 261-281.
- "Non Verbal Communication and Genre Description of The Jewish Folk
Narrative", in J. M. Foley and M. Caspi (eds.), Oral Tradition and the
Hispanic World: Essays in Honor of Samuel G. Armistead, Albert B. Lord
Studies in Oral Tradition Series, Garland Publishing Inc., 1995.
Born in 1957 in Kiev (Ukraine). Doctorat 1985, Tartu (Estonia): "Gogol's
Tradition in the Russian Fantastic Prose at the Beginning of the 20-th
Century". In Israel from April 1991. Works at the University of Haifa
from October 1991 (at the present time at the Division of Jewish
Folklore, the Department of Jewish HIstory and in Israel Folktale Archives).
Teaches in Hebrew different courses from 1992, for example: "Slavic
folklore", "Demonology in the Russian folklore and literature","Woman in the
Russian folklore and literature", "Utopia and antiutopia in the Soviet
literature","Russian modernist prose at the beginning of the 20-th century".
International conferences and seminars (from 1991):
Jerusalem. A.Bely and his time. Delivered a paper: "The structure of the
fantastic image in Bely's novels "Petersburg" and "Moskow";
2-3. 1994, 1995. Kiev. International seminar on "Jewish civilization and
Jewish Thought. Delivered papers: "Folkstories from Ukraine in IFA",
"Oleksa Dobush and Jewish Culture".
4. 1994.San-Diego. AATSEEL conference. Delivered a paper: "The Image of
the City in Bulgakov's Writings".
Publications in Folklore
Publications in Israeli's newspapers in Russian:
- Chernobyl's catastrophe and folklore. Vestnik Akademii Nauk Ukraini,
1993, N1, pp. 70-74 (on the IFA materials),in the Ukrainian language.
- Folklore from Ukraine in Israel. Herald of National Academy of Sciences
of Ukraine, 1994, N11-12, pp.113-115, in the Ukrainian language.
- Folklore and we. Vestnik Haifa i Krayot, 1992, 21 of February;
- Anecdote is a serious thing, or Vasilij Ivanovich as a hero of
Israeli's folklore (interview with Larisa Fialklova by G. Kulchinskij).
Vesti, 1995, 19 of November;
- Edits a column:"From the folklore archives". See: Vesti-North, 1995, 21 of
December; 1995, 28 of December; 1996, 18 of Jenuary.
The ethnography of communication.
- Talking Straight: "Dugri" Speech in Israeli Sabra Culture. Cambridge: Cambridge U Press, 1986.
- Communal Webs: Communication and Culture in Contemporary Israel. Albany:
SUNY Press, 1991.
- Performing the Past: Cultural Production in Israeli
Settlement Museums. N.J.: Erlbaum, in press.
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One of three sections of the Department of Hebrew Literature is
dedicated to Hebrew folklore. The section's teachers are Dr. Tamar
Alexander, Dr. Luis Landau, Dr. Ilana Rozen and Mrs. Hagit Rapel.
A varied range of BA and MA courses is offered, some dealing with
themes of exclusively folkloric character, others interrelating with
Aggadic literature and modern Hebrew literature.
The H. Schwarzbaum Folklore Research Institute, is another center of
folkloric activity. The institute, managed by Dr. Tarnar Alexander, consist
of H. Schwarzbaum vast personal library and the extensive collection of
field-works supplied by the department's students.
Ph.d.: 1977, UCLA; Senior Lect. l993.
Research Interests: Folk Literature: Theory of genres; Story telling as a performing
art; Judeo-Spanish folk traditions. The Hebrew story in the Middle Ages; Ethnic
Research Projects: Judeo-Spanish folk traditions (Tales and proverbs).
Abstracts of Current Researcsh
Judeo Spanish: The aim of this project is to examine Judeo-Spanish folk traditions
as an expressions of ethnic identity, through defining de different literary genres,
and the unique performance of the tellers. The project includes three stages:
recording material; interviews with the narrators; literary analysis and publication
of research conclusions.
Editor of Jerusalem Studies in Jewish Folklore,with G. Hasan-Rokem. Since 1981.
- Erase una Ves Maimonides, Cordoba 1988.
105 Tales about Maimonides, broud introduction and notes to each tale.
- The Treasure of our Fathers, 100 Judeo Spanish Tales, With D. Noy, Jerusalem,
1989. Broad introduction and notes to each tale.
- The Pious Sinner, Ethics and Aesthetics in the Medieval Hasidic Narrative,
- The Seven Wonderful Walnuts, Folktales for children, Tel-Aviv, 1992
- Forever After Studies on the Art of the Folk Narrator, Tel-Aviv, 1993, (ed).
- At This Time, A Judeo - Spanish Folk Drama, from Salonika, Tel - Aviv, 1994.
- Jewish Folk tales from Ethiopia, Tel - Aviv, I996.
70 Published papers in refree journals about the above mentioned subjects.
Key Words: Folk Literature; Judeo-Spanish traditions; Performance, Ethnicity;
Born 1936, Argentina.
Ph.D.: 1980, Hebrew University, Senior Lector. 1989.
Research interests: The literature of the Sephardim after the expulsion of
1492. Folkloric aspects in modern Hebrew Literature. Spanish and Latino-
american literature and the points of contact with Hebrew
Culture and Folklore.
Research Projects; Literary and folkloric aspects in Don Quijote de la
Mancha by Miguel Cervantes Saavedra
Key words: Folklore, Hebrew and Spanish Literature.
- LANDAU, L. Folkloric models and their destruction in " Maaglei Zedek" by S.
J. Agnon, in A. Komen (ed) Issac Bacon Volume, Ben-Gurion University Press,
Beer-Sheva; 241-251 (H)
- LANDAUI L., 'Fruhe Sepharad (Judeo-spain) Erzahlungen ' in Enzyklopaedie
des Marchens, Berlin- New York: 699-701.
- LANDAU, L., ' Sources and pseudo-sources of Ve-hahia He-akov Le-mishor.
in Y. Friedlander (ed.) Essays on Agnon Novels, Bar llan University Press,
Tel-Aviv 1993: 147-164 (H.)
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Don Quijote de la Mancha (traduced by Beatriz Zakroiski Landau and
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Ph.D.: 1994, Hebrew University.
Research Interests:Subjects of study and teaching: oral Holocaust memories, the personal narrative, folklore fieldwork and methodology, theoretical approaches to folklore, children’s lore, women’s narratives.
- "The Holocaust and the Study of Folklore: Diaries, Memoirs, and Letters in
History, Literature, and Folklore", The 12th Conference for the Study of Folklore:
"Folklore as Discipline and inter-Discipline", The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, May
16-17, 1993 [Hebrew].
- "The Memory of the Holocaust as Lament - Life Histories of Two Female
Holocaust Survivors Mourning Their Fate", Jerusalem Studies in Jewish Folklore, vol. 16
(1994), pp. 97-1 1 1 [Hebrew].
- "The Memory of the Holocaust in Folk Literature: Diaries, Memorial Books, and
Oral Testimonies", Paper presented at The Yad-Vashem Auditorium, Jerusalem, March 2,
- "The Personal Narrative and its Meaning", conference of "Art for the People"
Association, Ministry of Education, Tel-Aviv, April 25, 1994 [Hebrew].
- "The Myth of the 'Jewish Genius' and its Reflections in the Life Histories and
World-Outlook of Holocaust Survivors in Israel and Hungary", The 13th Conference for
the Study of Folklore: "Jewish Myths and Israeli Myths", Haifa university, April 25, 1994
- Therapeutic Aspects in the Life History of a Female Holocaust Survivor", Ken -
Ktav-Nefesh - Therapy and Creative Education Quarterly, vol. 4, Aug. 1994, pp. 43-46
- "Life History as Political Expository Discourse", Papers of the XIth Congress of
the International Societyfor Folk Narrative Research (Mysore: Central Institute of Indian
Languages, 1995), vol. 11, pp. 1-10.
- "The Study of Folklore at the Service of Nazi Ideology", Review Essay, Jerusalem
Studies in Jewish Folklore, vol. 17 (1995), pp. 119-127 [Hebrew].
- . "Metonymic and Metaphoric Space Compositions and their Meaning: The
Function of Synagogues in the Life Histories of Two Male Holocaust Survivors from
Hungary", The 14th Conference for the Study of Folklore: "Folklore as a Shaper of
Culture", Bar-Ilan University, June 1, 1995 [Hebrew],
- The Holocaust at the Center of Life: A Folkloristic Analysis of Life Histories Told by
Hungarian Spealang Holocaust Survivors, Thesis Submitted for the Degree "Doctor of
Philosophy" to the Hebrew University Senate, Hebrew University Central Library, 1994
- "Frontier and Metropolis: Images of Self and Other in the Lore of The Jews of
Subcarpathian Ruthenia", The 15th Conference for the Study of Folklore: "The South -
Center and Periphery in Oral Lore", Ben-Gurion University in the Negev, June 4-5, 1996
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