JUDAIC 317 - Topics in Judaic Studies
Section: 001 Passing: Race, Religion and Getting By
Term: FA 2007
Subject: Judaic Studies (JUDAIC)
Department: LSA Judaic Studies
May be repeated for a maximum of 8 credit(s).
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Passing is the pretense of being a different sort of person for advantage or protection. Passing reeks of inauthenticity; it arouses pity, amusement, and loathing. But authenticity, notes Henry Louis Gates, Jr., is "among the founding lies of the modern age." As a violation of American racial codes, passing is seen as a color problem to be policed through constant surveillance. The contours of gender, sexuality, class, and ethnicity (including "The Jewish Problem" of assimilation) are also scrutinized. Not that passing is new. Moses passed. Many Jews caught up in the Spanish Inquisition acted Christian in public. Both terrors of the Shoah and opportunities of life in America have been associated with Jewish passing, not always by Jews.

The course approaches these issues through historical and theoretical studies, memoirs, short stories, plays and films.

JUDAIC 317 - Topics in Judaic Studies
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001 (REC)
TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM
Note: Meets with AmCult 301.001
002 (LEC)
MWF 10:00AM - 11:00AM
Note: Meets with History 257.001
010 (SEM)
TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
Note: Meets with CompLit 372.001
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