ENGLISH 140 - First-Year Literary Seminar
Section: 001 The Jewish Encounter with America
Term: WN 2007
Subject: English Language and Literature (ENGLISH)
Department: LSA English Language & Literature
Credits:
3
Requirements & Distribution:
HU
Other:
FYSem
Waitlist Capacity:
unlimited
Consent:
With permission of instructor.
Advisory Prerequisites:
Only first-year students, including those with sophomore standing, may pre-register for First-Year Seminars. All others need permission of instructor.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

Is America the Promised Land or a cultural waste land? In this first-year seminar, we will explore how a series of Jewish writers have grappled with this complicated question, from the period of the great migration from Europe up to the present. The writers we will study include Abraham Cahan, Mary Antin, Henry Roth, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Bernard Malamud, Grace Paley, Philip Roth, and Cynthia Ozick. Among the specific questions we will address are the following: How does Jewish identity transform in the New World? How do ideas from the religious traditions of Judaism get translated into new forms? What kind of stories do Jewish writers tell about the past and what sort of future do they envision? We will also consider the Jewish response to such phenomena as the backlash against immigrants in the 1920s, the Holocaust, and the Cold War. Requirements include short response papers and a term paper.

ENGLISH 140 - First-Year Literary Seminar
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
P
19573
Open
Wolv. Access
7Y1
-
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
002 (SEM)
P
19584
Open
4
5Y1
-
MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
003 (SEM)
P
25290
Open
2
4Y1
-
MW 8:30AM - 10:00AM
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