JUDAIC 318 - Humanities Topics in Judaism
Section: 003 Jewish Literature
Term: WN 2012
Subject: Judaic Studies (JUDAIC)
Department: LSA Judaic Studies
Requirements & Distribution:
May be repeated for a maximum of 8 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
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In this class, we'll look at Jewish literature conceived in the broadest sense — as part of Jewish cultural achievement across the board — from the late nineteenth-century to the present day.

Among topics to be considered are:

  • the Jewishness (or lack thereof) of American Jews;
  • literary responses to immigration, acculturation, and assimilation;
  • the relation of literature to other cultural forms (theater, film, stand-up comedy); and
  • Jews in tandem with representations of other racial and ethnic groups.

Works to be studied include (but won't be limited to) novels like Abraham Cahan, Yekl (and its cinematic translation; Joan Micklin Silver, Hester Street; Anzia Yezierska, Salome of the Tenements; Philip Roth, Portnoy's Complaint; Saul Bellow, Mr. Sammler's Planet; Gish Jen, Mona in the Promised Land; Michael Chabon, The Yiddish Policeman's Union; poems by Emma Lazarus, Jacob Glatsteyn; Allen Ginsburg; films like The Jazz Singer; Annie Hall; Manhattan; A Serious Man; and music by Irving Berlin (performed by Fanny Brice); George Gershwin; Steve Reich; and comedy by Fanny Brice, Belle Barth, Lenny Bruce, Woody Allen, Allen Sherman.

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JUDAIC 318 - Humanities Topics in Judaism
Schedule Listing
001 (REC)
MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
002 (REC)
MW 4:10PM - 5:35PM
003 (REC)
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
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