JUDAIC 517 - Topics in Judaic Studies
Section: 003 Tracking "The Jew" in American Culture
Term: FA 2017
Subject: Judaic Studies (JUDAIC)
Department: LSA Judaic Studies
May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
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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.

JUDAIC 517 - Topics in Judaic Studies
Schedule Listing
002 (LEC)
W 5:00PM - 8:00PM
003 (REC)
MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
004 (REC)
W 1:00PM - 4:00PM
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