JUDAIC 318 - Humanities Topics in Judaism
Section: 001 Modern Yiddish Classics
Term: FA 2017
Subject: Judaic Studies (JUDAIC)
Department: LSA Judaic Studies
Requirements & Distribution:
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
May be repeated for a maximum of 8 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
Primary Instructor:

“What do women want?” is a familiar question that women have not always been expected or allowed to answer for themselves. This course considers how Jewish women in America have answered this question in their fiction and poetry. Paying equal attention to each of the terms in the course’s title — Jewish, Women, Writing, and America — we focus on works written in English as well as some in Yiddish. (NO knowledge of Yiddish is expected; all texts are in English translation.) The course will consider questions of class, sexuality, family relations, immigration, political, social, and economic shifts in America.

Reading works by Emma Lazarus, Anzia Yezierska, Kadya Molodovsky, Tillie Olsen, Grace Paley, Cynthia Ozick, Irena Klepfisz, and more, we will explore what these writers had to say and how they wrote about such problematic but popular images as the Jewish mother, the “Jewish American Princess,” the radical Jew, traditional and modern Jewish women.

Course Requirements:

Course requirements include attendance and active participation in lecture and discussion, an in-class midterm and take home final, two essays of varying lengths.

JUDAIC 318 - Humanities Topics in Judaism
Schedule Listing
001 (REC)
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
002 (REC)
MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
003 (REC)
TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
NOTE: Data maintained by department in Wolverine Access. If no textbooks are listed below, check with the department.

ISBN: 0805241361
Tales of Mendele the Book Peddler : Fishke the Lame and Benjamin the Third, Author: S.Y. Abramovitsh (Mendele Moykher Sforim) ; edited by Dan Miron and Ken Frieden ; introduction by Dan Miron ; translations by Ted Gorelick and Hillel Halkin., Publisher: Schocken Books 1996
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 1480441066
The I. L. Peretz Reader, Author: Peretz, I. L.,, Publisher: Yale University Press 2013
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 0805210695
Tevye the dairyman : and the railroad stories, Author: Sholom Aleichem ; translated from the Yiddish and with an introduction by Hillel Halkin., Publisher: Schocken Books 1996
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 9781299972230
Letters of Menakhem-Mendl and Sheyne-Sheyndl and Motl., Author: Aleichem, Sholem., Publisher: The New Yiddish Library 2013
Other Textbook Editions OK.
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