Meital Orr

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Meital Orr teaches courses of Jewish literature and Hebrew language at Georgetown University's Program for Jewish Civilization.

Meital Orr holds a doctorate in Modern Jewish Literature from Harvard University, as well as an M.A. from Columbia University in Hebrew Literature. 

Previously, she has taught Modern Jewish Literature at Harvard University's Near East languages and Cultures Department, Advanced Conversational Hebrew and Elementary Hebrew at Columbia University's Hebrew Department.


INAF 196/JCIV 196 Re-Examining the Middle East Crisis: Israeli-Palestinian Literature and Film

This course will examine how Israeli and Palestinian literatures depict the “other” through text and image,from the early years of Zionism to the twenty-first-century. Using the methodologies of comparative studies, we will attempt to understand how each nation’s views evolved and changed over time, with a focus on works which shifted these perceptions in revolutionary ways. Various depictions of the “other” will be examined, such as the noble hero, the sexual predator, the lover, the suicide bomber and the ally. We will also discuss how both art forms grappled with the many issues that together contribute to the conflict between the Palestinians and the Israelis, including: identity, language, class strife, and the deceptively difficult task of defining homeland. Weekly critical readings will include the theoretical ideas of Orientalism and post-colonialism enabling students to understand both literatures within the wider context of world literature. Among the many authors covered are: Yosef Chaim Brenner, S. Yizhar, Sami Michael, A.B. Yehoshua, Eli Amir, Amos Oz, David Grossman, Ibrahim Touqan, Emile Habibi, Ghassan Kanafani, Mahmoud Darwish, Samir El-Youssef, Rula Jebreal and Sayed Kashua. All readings, literary and critical, will be read exclusively in English translation, and five films will be screened as part of the course. This class fulfills the HALC and intensive writing requirements of the core program.

INAF 251/JCIV 251 Holocaust Literature and Film

More than half a century later, the Holocaust remains one of the most traumatic events of modern Western experience. The shock of the catastrophe sets up a tension between a desire to efface, forget, or disbelieve and an even stronger imperative to record, reveal, and remember what the imagination could not have invented. This seminar will explore a range of responses to the Holocaust through the study of a variety of texts and films drawn from different eras, nationalities, languages, genres, and points of view. Using documents, memoirs, fiction, literary criticism and cinematic images, we will examine how atrocity and loss shaped narrative memory, how texts in turn influence public or historical memory, and the sets of cultural meanings that the Holocaust  has acquired. We will also examine the way that Holocaust literature shapes a contemporary sense of exile, diaspora or home, and how it challenges our notions of national and linguistic borders. 

Among the authors we will read are: Abraham Sutzkever, Anne Frank, Primo Levi, Charlotte Delbo, Chaim Grade, André Schwarz-Bart. Uri Orlev, Elie Wiesel and Cynthia Ozick. All works will be read in English translation from the originals. Films, as well as critical, theoretical, and historical texts, will all inform our discussions. This course fulfills the HALC requirement of the core program.

HEBR 022 Intermediate Modern Hebrew II

HEBR 011 Introduction to Hebrew I (Intensive)