ENGLISH 526 - Literature and Culture
Section: 001 Tracking "The Jew" in American Culture
Term: FA 2017
Subject: English Language and Literature (ENGLISH)
Department: LSA English Language & Literature
With permission of department.
Advisory Prerequisites:
Graduate standing and permission of instructor.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

The figure of “the Jew” has assumed a variety of divergent, often contradictory roles in the American imagination. This class surveys a range of Jewish “types” in the public mind, from the spiritually corrupt nonbeliever to the prophetic savior, from the arch-capitalist or infiltrating communist to the countercultural hero. We then explore ways in which Jewish cultural performances have absorbed, reproduced, recast, and/or subverted these types. We will locate our readings in relation to key historical events such as the recrudescence of anti-Semitism in the 1920s, the Holocaust, the creation of the State of Israel, and the de-radicalization of American political culture after World War II. Writers to be considered include Henry Roth, Saul Bellow, Philip Roth, Allen Ginsberg, Grace Paley, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Cynthia Ozick, Adrienne Rich, Eileen Pollack, Tony Kushner, and Nathan Englander.

Course Requirements:

Requirements include short response papers, an in-class presentation, and a final paper.

Intended Audience:

All graduate students welcome, including MFAs and students in the JCLP program.

ENGLISH 526 - Literature and Culture
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
NOTE: Data maintained by department in Wolverine Access. If no textbooks are listed below, check with the department.

ISBN: 9780312424121
Call it sleep, Author: Henry Roth. With an introd. by Alfred Kazin ..., Publisher: Picador 1st Picado 2005
ISBN: 9780374530280
The collected stories, Author: Grace Paley., Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux Pbk. ed. 2007
ISBN: 9780374530259
Gimpel the fool and other stories, Author: by Isaac Bashevis Singer., Publisher: Farrar, Strau and Giroux 1. paperb. 2006
ISBN: 9780679729266
The shawl, Author: Cynthia Ozick., Publisher: Vintage Books 1st Vintag 1990
ISBN: 9780679756453
Portnoy's complaint, Author: Philip Roth., Publisher: Vintage International 1st Vintag 1994
ISBN: 9781559363846
Angels in America : a gay fantasia on national themes, Author: Tony Kushner., Publisher: Theatre Communications Group First revi 2013
ISBN: 9780872860179
Howl, and other poems, Author: by Allen Ginsberg., Publisher: City Lights Books [Repr.]. 1985
ISBN: 9780872865112
Kaddish and other poems : 1958-1960, Author: Allen Ginsberg ; afterword by Bill Morgan., Publisher: City Lights Books Expanded 5 2010
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