Fall 2008 not offered
|Certificates: Jewish and Israel Studies|
|Course Cluster: Jewish and Israel Studies|
From the classical Biblical and Rabbinic periods and down to modern times, Jewish culture has preferred the genre of story to conjure its sacred and secular realities. The composing of imaginative narratives has evoked and inscribed a number of discreet Judaisms, while storytelling and ritualized study have served to forge distinct and competing Jewish identities. This course will focus on the inventions of Judaisms and Jewish identities in foundational Biblical tales, interpretive Rabbinic legends, mystical Hasidic fantasies, Yiddish satires, as well as in Kafka parables and other secular transformations of the Jewish tradition in contemporary American and Israeli fiction.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CEAS-Phil/Reli)(RELI)(SISP-Reli Conc)
Selections from the Book of Genesis
Louis Ginsberg, THE LEGENDS OF THE JEWS
I.B. Singer, GIMPEL THE FOOL
Nathan Englander, FOR THE RELIEF OF UNBEARABLE URGES
Allegra Goodman, THE FAMILY MARKOWITZ
Arnold Band, THE TALES OF NAHMAN OF BRATSLAV
Philip Roth, THE COUNTERLIFE
|Examination and Assignments: |
Midterm and final exams. Four short papers.