Courses in Judaic Studies (Division 407)

101. Elementary Yiddish. (3). (LR).

This is the first of a two-term sequence designed to develop basic skills in speaking, understanding, reading and writing Yiddish. Active class participation is required as are periodic quizzes, exams, a midterm and a final. The language of instruction will be Yiddish. There are no prerequisites. (Norich)

201. Intermediate Yiddish. Jud. Stud. 102 or the equivalent. (3). (LR).

This is the third term of a language sequence in Yiddish. The course is designed to develop fluency in oral and written comprehension, and to offer a further understanding of the culture within which Yiddish has developed. Special emphasis will be devoted to reading material. Course grade will be based on exams, quizzes, written work and oral class participation. (Nowersztern)

333. Yiddish Literature in Translation. (3). (Excl).
Section 001 Yiddish Literature in America.
This course will encourage students to explore some of the questions raised by immigrant texts. Reading poetry and fiction written during the past century by Jews in the United States who continued to use their native language, we will consider the problems posed by acculturation and, in the broadest sense, translation. How do Yiddish writers respond to the confrontation of American and Eastern European myths once they have first-hand experience of both? What effects do the English language and American culture have on their texts? What is the relationship between Yiddish writers in America and the dispersed, international community of Yiddish speakers? what does it mean to call this literature "American," or "Jewish," or "immigrant?" No knowledge of Yiddish is required for this course; all texts will be read in English translation. Requirements for the course include regular attendance, participation, and the punctual completion of all reading assignments. other requirements will be announced at the beginning of class. WL:4 (Nowersztern)

478/GNE 478/Rel. 478. Topics in Modern Judaism: Modern Jewish Thought. (3). (Excl). May be repeated for a total of 9 credits.

See GNE 478. (Ginsburg)


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