Identity and Jewish Literature: Sexuality, Race, and Gender|
Spring 2022 not offered
RELI 222, FGSS 222|
What, if anything, is Jewish literature? What, if anything, does it tell us about the history of the people called Jews? This course explores those questions through a variety of sources from Jewish writers, including Sholem Aleichem, Cynthia Ozick, Franz Kafka, I.B. Singer, and others (flexible based on student interest). Through these readings, we will explore how Jewish literature relates to broader questions of sexuality, race, gender, colonialism, etc., as well as specific questions of Jewish history, like the Holocaust and the state of Israel. All works will be read in translation and no previous knowledge of Jewish studies or Judaism is required.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: |
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CJST-MN)(RELI-MN)(RELI)
Hana Wirth-Nesher (ed.), WHAT IS JEWISH LITERATURE?
Maurice Samuels, Jonathan Hess, and Nadia Valman (eds.), NINETEENTH-CENTURY JEWISH LITERATURE: A READER
Cynthia Ozick, "Envy, or Yiddish in America" and several essays
Franz Kafka, from THE COMPLETE STORIES
I.B. Singer, "Yentl the Yeshiva Boy"
Sholem Aleichem, TEVYE THE DAIRYMAN and "On Account of a Hat"
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short paper developing a close-reading of a single work, longer final paper bringing several works into dialogue
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