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‘Core Area 4: Culture/Philosophy/Literature’

Music and Identity in Jewish Traditions (JS1111.02)

Feb. 1, 2015—From the Syllabus: This seminar will focus on music and identity in global Jewish cultures. The seminar will provide an introduction and background to the cultures, contexts, and historical development and structure of Jewish communities throughout the world. Seminar participants...

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Civil Rights and Wrongs: Black-Jewish Relations in the 1950s and 1960s (JS1111.04)

Feb. 1, 2015—From the Syllabus: Blacks and Jews have shared a long and varied history together, particularly in the American context, as there have been strong forces pulling the two groups simultaneously together and apart.  Through an examination of historical and literary...

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Gender, Sexuality, and Desire in Jewish Literature (JS 1111.05)

Feb. 1, 2015—From the Syllabus: In this course we will examine representations of gender, sexuality, and desire in Jewish literature. Our readings will span a broad range of literary texts, from biblical stories to contemporary American Yiddish Literature. This course will serve...

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Reading across the Boundaries: Arab and Israeli Literature and Culture (JS1111.06)

Feb. 1, 2015—From the Syllabus: This seminar will focus on ways contemporary literature and other arts in Israel and surrounding Arab countries have been informed and influenced by religious traditions (primarily, though not exclusively, Jewish and Islamic) as well as various other...

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Jewish Response to Catastrophe (JS1111.10)

Feb. 1, 2015—From the Syllabus: “In every age, someone rises up to destroy us,” reads the Passover Haggada. Existential threats seem to be part of the very fiber of Jewish self-consciousness; a famous 1986 essay even described the Jews as “the ever-dying...

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Hebrew Literature in Translation (JS 2210W)

Jan. 20, 2015—Catalog Description: Origins and development in Eastern Europe from the nineteenth century to postmodern Israeli literature. The relationship between historical transformations and literary form. Next Offered: AXLE Category: Writing Course: Also Eligible for Credit in: Taught by: INT Yes European...

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American Southern Jews in Life and Literature (JS2230W)

Jan. 19, 2015—Catalog Description: From colonial times to the present. Interactions between Southern Jews and other Southerners, and between Southern and Northern Jews. The Civil War, Jewish economic activities, and the civil rights movement. Next Offered: AXLE Category: Writing Course: Also Eligible...

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Black-Jewish Relations in Post-War American Literature and Culture (JS2240W)

Jan. 17, 2015—Catalog Description: The historical relationship between African Americans and Jewish Americans and its portrayal in novels, short stories, and films by artists from both communities. Next Offered: AXLE Category: Writing Course: Also Eligible for Credit in: Taught by: Spring 2017...

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Witnesses Who Were Not There: Literature of the Children of Holocaust Survivors (JS2250W)

Jan. 16, 2015—Catalog Description: Fiction and non-fiction produced by children of Holocaust survivors. From the Syllabus: While much has been written about and by those who survived the German concentration camps during World War II, both fiction and nonfiction, relatively little has...

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Coming of Age in Jewish Literature and Film (JS 2260)

Jan. 15, 2015—Catalog Description: The transition of young Jewish protagonists into adulthood as portrayed in literary works and films from Europe, Africa, and the Americas. Syllabus Description: This course examines coming-of-age novels, stories, memoirs, and films from multiple Jewish cultural perspectives. What...

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Coming of Age Jewish in Literature and Film (JS2260W)

Jan. 15, 2015—Catalog Description: The transition of young Jewish protagonists into adulthood as portrayed in literary works and films from Europe, Africa, and the Americas. Next Offered: AXLE Category: Writing Course: Also Eligible for Credit in: Taught by: INT Yes Religious Studies...

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Jewish Storytelling (JS 2270W)

Jan. 15, 2015—Catalog Description: Twentieth-century short fiction and narrative traditions. The transition from religious to secular cultural forms. Immigration and ethnic literary forms. All works are in English or English translation from Yiddish, Hebrew, and Russian. Repeat credit for students who have...

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Jewish Humor (JS2280W)

Jan. 15, 2015—Catalog Description: The flowering of Jewish humor, especially in the U.S. during the twentieth century. Vaudeville, radio comedy, and the Golden Age of television. The careers and works of influential comics, writers and filmmakers, and the development of stand-up comedy. The...

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Imagining the Alien: Jewish Science Fiction (JS 2290W)

Jan. 13, 2015—Catalog Description: Science Fiction and speculative fiction by Jewish writers in cultural context.  Aliens, robots, and secret selves; time travel: Utopia, political critique, and questions of Jewish identity. Next Offered: AXLE Category: Writing Course: Also Eligible for Credit in: Taught...

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Freud and Jewish Identity (JS2320)

Jan. 12, 2015—Catalog Description: Analysis of rhetoric and themes in selected writings of Sigmund Freud and his times, development of assimilation and of anti-Semitic repudiation. From the Syllabus: This course examines selected writings of Sigmund Freud within the context of contemporary Viennese...

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Is God Guilty? The Problem of Evil in Judaism (JS2330)

Jan. 12, 2015—The classic problem of theodicy: If there is a God, how can there be evil in the world? Jewish approaches to the question, from the Bible to after the Holocaust. Catalog Description: Origin, nature, and representations of evil from Scripture through the...

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Jewish Philosophy after Auschwitz (JS2340)

Jan. 11, 2015—Critical responses to social and political institutions and the corresponding modes of thought that made Auschwitz possible and continue to sustain the barbarism that many leading philosophers have identified at the heart of culture. Next Offered: AXLE Category: Writing Course: Also...

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American Jewish Songwriters (JS2420W)

Jan. 9, 2015—Catalog Description: From Vaudeville and Tin Pan Alley through the invention of the Broadway musical, to Brill Building writers, the birth of rock and roll, folk singers and the present day. Irving Berlin, the Gershwins, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Carole King, Bob...

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Zionism: Politics, Religion, and Ethnicity (JS2520)

Jan. 9, 2015—Catalog Description: Tensions among religion, nationalism, and political activism. Translations of Messianism into a secular program. Criticism from within and without the movement. Next Offered: AXLE Category: Writing Course: Also Eligible for Credit in: Taught by: HCA No Graduate Catalog...

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Major Themes in Jewish Studies (JS3000)

Jan. 8, 2015—Catalog Description: The study of Jews, Judaism, and Jewish culture. History of Jewish Studies, core perspectives, key methodologies, critical debates. Classical literature, current trends. Next Offered: AXLE Category: Writing Course: Also Eligible for Credit in: Taught by: P No History...

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Jewish American Literature (ENGL 3664)

Jun. 7, 2013—Catalog Description: Nineteenth century to the present. Issues of race, gender, ethnicity, immigration, and diaspora. Offered on a graded basis only. From the syllabus: This course surveys the major questions and themes of twentieth-century Jewish American literature and situates this...

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Culture, Philosophy & Literature Courses from Other Departments

Jun. 2, 2013—English: 3664, Jewish American Literature. French: 4430, The Struggle of Encounter: The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict in Literature. German: 3344, Women at the Margins: German-Jewish Women Writers; 2445, Nazi Cinema: The Manipulation of Mass Culture. History of Art: 2765, Art Since 1945....

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