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Gender in Jewish History

HIST 213
Spring 2016
Section: 01  
Crosslisting: CJST 213, FGSS 213
Certificates: Jewish and Israel Studies

Investigation of the traditionally "effeminized" image of the Jewish male, and reactions against that image, have played a critical role in interpretations of modern Jewish culture as diverse as the often misogynist outlook of the eighteenth-century German-Jewish Enlightenment, the muscular Zionist pioneer, and the chic nerd of Dustin Hoffman's graduate. The Jewish female has been viewed as both powerless and oppressed on the one hand, overbearing and unbearably controlling on the other. This introductory survey of ideal and real gender roles throughout Jewish history, with particular focus on medieval to modern Europe and North America, provides historical background and research tools to assess and contextualize claims such as these and to think about ways in which gender categories have structured society in general and Jewish societies in particular.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS HIST
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
Past Enrollment Probability: 75% - 89%

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