Soph. Seminar: East European Jewish Experience|
Spring 2007 not offered
RELI 234, REES 156|
|Certificates: Jewish and Israel Studies|
|Course Cluster: Jewish and Israel Studies|
Our concept of the life of east European Jews has been dominated by the Hollywood and Broadway blockbuster "Fiddler on the Roof." The "Shtetl" has been the paradigm of east European Jewish experience. But the powerful imagery of the "shtetl" is largely a creation of 19th-century writers. This is a course will take us beyond the "shtetl" and will look at the history the Jews in eastern Europe from the initial settlement of the Jews there until the eve of modernity. We will examine how historians and writers have shaped our understanding of Jewish history in that region, and the context in which the persisting imagery of eastern European Jews was created. Why were certain stories told? What can different historical sources show us about Jewish life in Eastern Europe? We will discuss how Jewish history in eastern Europe was studied by historians, and couple the narratives created by scholars with historical sources: privilege charters, crime records, rabbinic response, anti-Jewish literature, and others. We will try to probe the relation between history, historical sources, and historical writings.
||Gen Ed Area Dept:
|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (REES-Lang/Lit/C)(REES-Social Sci)(RELI)
S. Dubnow, HISTORY OF THE JEWS IN RUSSIA AND POLAND
E. Fram, IDEALS FACE REALITY
N. Hanover, ABYSS OF DISPAIR (YEVEN METSULAH) ESSENTIAL PAPERS ON HASIDISM
M. Rosman, LORDS' JEWS
Mary Lynn Rampolla, A POCKET GUIDE TO WRITING IN HISTORY
|Examination and Assignments: |
One short (7-8 p.) paper & one research paper, regular response papers due before each class, class presentation and participation.