JUDAIC 317 - Topics in Judaic Studies
Section: 003 Jewish American Literature
Term: FA 2009
Subject: Judaic Studies (JUDAIC)
Department: LSA Judaic Studies
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This course satisfies the American Literature and New Traditions requirement for English concentrators.
May be repeated for a maximum of 8 credit(s).
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This course provides an introduction to the literary tradition known as "Jewish American literature." We will read and analyze a series of poems, plays, novels, and short stories written from the period of the Great Immigration of the 1880s to the present. Our writers will include Anzia Yezierska, Henry Roth, Clifford Odets, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Chava Rosenfarb, Saul Bellow, Bernard Malamud, Philip Roth, Grace Paley, and Cynthia Ozick. Some of the central questions of the class are as follows: How do Jewish writers in America straddle the divide between Jewish culture and modern American life? How have they responded to defining experiences in modern Jewish life such as immigration, the Holocaust, the rise of the State of Israel, and acculturation into American society? How do they interpret the collective past and create a collective memory? What recurring metaphors, images, and characters animate this literature? Two papers (4-6 pages), midterm, and final.

JUDAIC 317 - Topics in Judaic Studies
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003 (LEC)
MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
Note: Meets with English 383.001
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