JUDAIC 245 - Jews and Other Others
Section: 001
Term: FA 2017
Subject: Judaic Studies (JUDAIC)
Department: LSA Judaic Studies
Requirements & Distribution:
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
Enforced Prerequisites:
Not available to students who have completed AMCULT 211 or JUDAIC 218 when taught with the topic "Jews and Other Others" (Topic #1).
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

In this course, we'll look at the Jewish-American experience from roughly 1880 to the present day from a comparative perspective: that is, in terms of the ways in which that experience looks when placed in relation to that of African-Americans (and the fraught idiom of race), Asian-Americans (and the "model minority" myths applied to both groups) and other Euro-Americans. Our readings will be drawn from history (e.g., Matthew Frye Jacobsen's Whiteness of a Different Color), from anthropology (Sherry Ortner's New Jersey Dreaming: Capital, Cul-ture, and the Class of '58), musicology (Jeffrey Melnick's The Right to Sing the Blues), and film criticism (Michael Rogin's Black Face, White Noise); but we'll spend most of our time reading novels, poems, and plays, and watching films that speak to the complexities both of the Jewish-American experience and of its place in the ethnoracial hurly-burly of twentieth-century America.

Course Requirements:

Midterm exam, final test, short quizzes and class participation.

Intended Audience:

Undergraduate students

Class Format:


JUDAIC 245 - Jews and Other Others
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
TuTh 8:30AM - 10:00AM
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