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Four Bar Mitzvahs and a Funeral: Being Young and Jewish in America (FYS)
Fall 2023 not offered

How is the American Jewish experience viewed from the perspective of Jewish children and young adults? This course will discuss depictions of Jewish coming-of-age in American popular culture. We will examine various age groups--from elementary school to college; and through various art forms--literature, film, and television ("Are You There God? It's Me Margaret," "The Plot Against America," "An American Tail," "Wet Hot American Summer," "A Serious Man," "Superbad," "Booksmart," "Glee," "The O.C.," "Big Mouth," "Never Have I Ever," among others). Analyzing these works together will illuminate different facets of Jewish American life including immigration, assimilation, education, tradition, family, anti-Semitism, and more. They will also allow us to broach more universal questions surrounding representation, identity, and the complex relationship between popular culture and society.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS CJST
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode: Student Option
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CJST-MN)

Last Updated on MAY-20-2024
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