JUDAIC 150 - First Year Seminar in Judaic Studies
Section: 001 From Bible, Midrash and Mysticism to Modern Jewish Literature
Term: FA 2009
Subject: Judaic Studies (JUDAIC)
Department: LSA Judaic Studies
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Enrollment restricted to first-year students, including those with sophomore standing.
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
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This seminar explores the relations between biblical, midrashic and mystical texts and modern Jewish literature created from late 19th century until today. We will examine questions such as:

  • What is the nature of Midrash and the mystical experience in Judaism, and how are they expressed in texts?
  • Can we speak of modern Midrash or modern mysticism written within a secular context?
  • How do modern Jewish writers employ biblical, rabbinic, and mystical language in forging modern subjectivity?
  • In what ways religious Jewish figures, motifs, and narrative structures are being reread and rewritten?
  • What is the role of gender in the process of retelling?

The readings include biblical, rabbinic, and kabalistic texts and a variety of modern Hebrew and Jewish narratives and poems.

Note: All texts are in English translation.

JUDAIC 150 - First Year Seminar in Judaic Studies
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001 (SEM)
MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
Note: Meets with History 197.008.
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