Shtisel: Freudian readings of the hit Israeli series

Online half-day course with Dr. Julia Wagner

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12 July, 2020, 11:00 am - 3:30 pm


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This course will be held on a live-streaming platform in two 2 hour sessions, with a 30 minute break.

Booking closes 24 hours before the event at which point access details will be forwarded. Ticket holders have access to the recording for 10 days, the access details will be sent 24 hours after the session.

“Shtisel” tells stories of love and loss in an Israeli ultra-Orthodox Jewish community. This study day will explore the first two seasons of “Shtisel” in light of Freud’s writings about themes including mourning, attachment, death drives and libido. We will discuss the plots and character developments, as well as representations of dreams, memories and desires, through a Freudian perspective, enriching our understanding of the emotional drama and its phenomenal audience appeal.

Through close readings of relevant essays by Freud, Session 1 in the morning will focus on father and son, Shulem and Akiva; their mourning, romantic relationships and creative libido. Session 2 in the afternoon will focus on mother and daughter Giti and Ruchama; the themes of femininity, money and attachment. No prior reading is necessary but familiarity with “Shtisel” is recommended.

Suggested viewing/reading: “Shtisel” seasons 1 and 2

Sigmund Freud, “Remembering, Repeating and Working Through” (1914) and “Mourning and Melancholia” (1917)

Image credit Ohad Romano


12 July, 2020
11:00 am - 3:30 pm
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