JUDAIC 417 - Topics in Judaic Studies
Section: 001 Shtetl: Image and Reality
Term: FA 2009
Subject: Judaic Studies (JUDAIC)
Department: LSA Judaic Studies
Credits:
3
Waitlist Capacity:
unlimited
Class Misc Info:
This is a videoconferencing course, connecting with European University in St. Petersburg.
Repeatability:
May be elected three times for credit.
Rackham Information:
Rackham credit requires additional work.
Primary Instructor:

Until the Holocaust, the majority of East European Jews lived in numerous shtetlekh, small market towns that served as local hubs of trade and commerce. The shtetl was the primary setting of many classical works of Yiddish and Hebrew literature and left a lasting impact on Jewish imagination and memory. But what was real about the shtetl, and what was imaginary? What was true, and what was sentimental wish-fantasy? How do the image and reality interact?

This class will be co-taught by the University of Michigan and the European University at St. Petersburg. Two groups of students, one in Ann Arbor, the other one in St. Petersburg, will study together via distance learning equipment. Methodologically, the class will combine literary, historical, and anthropological approach. Works of Yiddish, Hebrew, and Russian literature will be read through the ethnographic lenses, using field and research materials from the recent expeditions to Ukrainian shtetlekh.

Through a variety of different media ­— not only different kinds of writing, but also painting and film — this course will explore the interaction between reality and imagination in the representation of the shtetl. While this class can serve as an introduction to East European Jewish culture, it will also address more general issue.

  • How is collective memory formed?
  • How is a cultural legacy preserved and transmitted?
  • What is the nature of the relationship between fiction and reality?

JUDAIC 417 - Topics in Judaic Studies
Schedule Listing
001 (REC)
P
35363
Open
6
 
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W 10:00AM - 1:00PM
Note: This is a videoconferencing course, connecting with European University in St. Petersburg. Meets with Slavic 470.001
002 (REC)
P
45026
Closed
0
 
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MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
Note: Meets with HJCS 472
004 (SEM)
P
45200
Open
23
 
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MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
Note: Meets with History 481.001 (undergrads) Judaic 517.002 and History 591.001 (grads)
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