JUDAIC 250 - Screening Jewish Cultures
Section: 001
Term: WN 2018
Subject: Judaic Studies (JUDAIC)
Department: LSA Judaic Studies
Requirements & Distribution:
May not be repeated for credit.
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What can cinema teach us about the formation of Jewish cultures and identities in interaction with other social groups? This course explores the diversity of Jewish cultures in the United States, Europe, and Israel through an analysis of films ranging from Edison shorts and American silent features to twenty-first century animated documentaries and Israeli-Palestinian co-productions. We begin with American immigrant cinema and consider how Jews fit in the black/white racial scheme and how the category of "ethnicity" has been promoted and critiqued in films from Fiddler on the Roof (1971), through Annie Hall (1977), to A Serious Man (2009). We then interrogate the terms propaganda, race, and anti-Semitism in the context of Nazi and post-Holocaust films produced in Germany, France, the U.S., and Israel. The course also introduces students to Israel as an immigrant society and to the cinematic representation of Jewish and Arab minority groups. Throughout the course, we reflect on casting choices, language use and subtitling, cross-dressing, and genre choices, as these affect the cinematic construction of Jewishness in relationship to other social groups.

Course Requirements:

Regular attendance of lectures, weekly film-screening (lab), and discussion section is required. The course is open to students with or without a background in film analysis.

Class Format:

Lecture, weekly film-screening, and discussion.

Length of screenings is 90-120 minutes, with a few exceptions.

JUDAIC 250 - Screening Jewish Cultures
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
002 (LAB)
W 4:00PM - 7:00PM
003 (DIS)
W 10:00AM - 11:00AM
004 (DIS)
M 9:00AM - 10:00AM
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