Sophomore Seminar: East European Jewish Experience|
Spring 2012 not offered
RELI 234, REES 156|
|Certificates: 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 course will take us beyond the shtetl and will look at the history of 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.
Information Literacy, Writing
The students will be exposed to research tools and methods through special library sessions and assignments.
Writing will be stressed in class, and students will work on papers, which will include a draft stage. I will comment and guide the students on the writing process. Writing tutor will be available.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (RELI)
Dubnow, Simon. History of the Jews in Russia and Poland. Translated by I. Friedlander. Bergenfield (N.J.): Avotaynu, 2000.
Fram, Edward. Ideals Face Reality: Jewish Law and Life in Poland, 1550-1655. Vol. 21, Monographs of the Hebrew Union College. Cincinnati: Hebrew Union College Press, 1997.
Hannover, Nathan Nata. Abyss of Despair (Yeven Metzulah): The Famous 17th Century Chronicle Depicting Jewish Life in Russia and Poland During the Chmielnicki Massacres of 1648-1649. Translated by Abraham J. Mesch, Judaica Series. New Brunswick, N.J. ; London: Transaction, 1983.
Rosman, M. J. The Lords' Jews: Magnate-Jewish Relations in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth During the Eighteenth Century, (Harvard Judaic Texts and Studies, No. 7.): Harvard Ukrainian Res. Inst., 1990.
White, Hayden V. Tropics of Discourse : Essays in Cultural Criticism. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1985.
Mary Lynn Rampolla A Pocket Guide to Writing in History
Plus materials on e-reserves.
|Examinations and Assignments: |
One short (7-8 p.) paper & one research paper, regular response papers due before each class, class presentation and participation.
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