JUDAIC 384 - Modern Jewish History 1880-1948
Section: 001 European Culture and the Jews
Term: FA 2009
Subject: Judaic Studies (JUDAIC)
Department: LSA Judaic Studies
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May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:
Aschheim,Steven Edward

This course will examine some of the multiple intersections between European (mainly, but not exclusively, German-speaking) culture and the modern Jewish experience. It will seek to analyse some of the complex and creative ways in which Jews sought to internalise, appropriate and re-negotiate aspects of European culture. It will attempt to map out the dynamics an ironies of these changing personal and collective self-definitions and relate them to various intellectual and artisitc creations. We will also trace the multiple ways in which Jews were represented and the functions that these portrayals and stereotypes played within the broader culture. In addition, this course will examine some of the problematics of the "Jewish intellectual" and probe some of the surprising connections between "culture and catastrophe" that this encounter entailed. The seminar will examine these links as they manifested themselves in the work of such thinkers as Karl Marx, On the Jewish Question, Richard Wagner, Judaism and Music, Max Nordau, Degeneration, Friedrich Nietzsche, On the Genealogy of Morals, Siegmund Freud, Moses and Montheism, Franz Kafka, Letter to His Father, and Ludwig Wittgenstein; in case-studies of Vienna and the Weimar Republic; in Zionism; and in anti-semitism and the Holocaust.

JUDAIC 384 - Modern Jewish History 1880-1948
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001 (LEC)
MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
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