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Fall '01 Graduate Course Guide

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Courses in Hebrew and Jewish Cultural Studies


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Fall Academic Term, 2001 (September 5 December 21)

Open courses in Hebrew and Jewish Cultural Studies
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Fall Term '01 Time Schedule for Hebrew and Jewish Cultural Studies.

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HJCS 471. Introduction to Modern Hebrew Literature, I.

Jewish Literature and Culture in Hebrew

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Ruth Tsoffar (rtsoffar@umich.edu)

Prerequisites: HJCS 302. (3).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Hebrew 471 is an intensive introduction to Modern Hebrew literature. The purpose of the course is to read carefully a wide range of literary texts of different periods and different genres. The course will help to develop a theoretical framework in order to allow student to situate and respond critically to this body of literature. So along with studying specific strategies to articulate Israeli diversity of gender, religion, history and nationhood, we will discuss relevant issues such as colonialism, hybridity, orientalism and multiculturalism. The literary texts selected include Zionist and postZionist writers, women, Sephardic/Mizrahi Jews, and Palestinians.

An advanced knowledge of Hebrew required (completion of Hebrew 302 or Hebrew 402 or equivalent). Short essays, term paper or project. The course is open to undergraduate and graduate students. Graduate Students have additional assignments and are expected to write a longer and more theoretically-oriented paper.

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HJCS 478 / JUDAIC 468 / RELIGION 469. Jewish Mysticism.

Judaic Cultural Studies in English

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Elliot K Ginsburg (elgins@umich.edu)

Prerequisites: (3).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

A study of the historical development of Jewish mysticism, its symbolic universe, meditational practices, and social ramifications. While we will survey mystical traditions from the late second Temple period through modernity, the central focus will be on the rich medieval stream known as kabbalah. Among the issues to be explored are:

  • the nature of mystical experience;
  • images of God, world, and Person;
  • sexual and gender symbolism (images of the male and female);
  • the problem of evil;
  • mysticism, language, and silence;
  • mysticism and the law;
  • mysticism and community;
  • meditative and ecstatic practices (ranging from visualization to chant, letter combination, and modulated breathing);
  • kabbalistic myth and ritual innovation; and
  • kabbalistic interpretations of history.

Modern interpretations of mysticism will also be considered. Readings for the course consist of secondary sources from the history of Judaism and comparative religion, and selected primary texts (in translation). Requirements include two exams and a research paper. Class lectures will be supplemented by discussion, comtemplative exercises, and on occasion, music and other media.

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HJCS 491. Topics in Hebrew and Jewish Cultural Studies.

Jewish Literature and Culture in English

Section 001 Post-Zionist Readings of Hebrew Fiction: Excluded Others Reshape Israeli Narrative. Meets with HJCS 591.001. Taught in Hebrew.

Instructor(s): Sidra DeKoven Ezrahi

Prerequisites: (3). May be repeated for a total of six credits.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Beginning with the short fiction of S.Y. Agnon, David Fogel an Duri N. Gnessin, we will proceed to a reading of [Yaacov Shabtai (Zikhron Devarim) if time permits], David Grossman (Ayen Erekh Ahava), Meir Shalev (Roman Russi), A.B. Yehoshua (Mar Mani), Orli Kastel-Blum (short fiction), and Anton Shammas (Arabesques). We will explore the ideological and aesthetic positions of these texts vis-à-vis the evolution of a territory-based, predominately modernist Hebrew literature and the ongoing debates over post-modernist attitudes and practices in late twentieth-century Israeli culture. We will focus on the emergence of a 'post-Zionist' culture out of a more direct encounter with repressed selves, muffled voices, and effaced events.

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HJCS 498. Senior Honors Thesis.

Occasional Course

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites: Permission of instructor. (1-6). (INDEPENDENT).

Credits: (1-6).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

The Senior Honors thesis is for students who have been approved by the Near Eastern Studies concentration advisor, Honors advisor, and the LS&A Honors Council. The length of the thesis may vary, but 50-60 pages is common. Two advisors should be chosen. The principal advisor is a member of the faculty in whose field of expertise the thesis topic lies, and he or she oversees the student's research and the direction taken by the thesis.

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HJCS 576 / JUDAIC 505. Introduction to Jewish Civilizations and Culture.

General HJCS

Section 001 Meets With HJCS 276.001.

Instructor(s): Gabriele Boccaccini

Prerequisites: Graduate standing. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in HJCS 276. (3).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

See Judaic Studies 505.001.

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HJCS 577 / JUDAIC 467 / RELIGION 471. Seminar: Topics in the Study of Judaism.

General HJCS

Section 001 The Year as Spiritual Practice: Models of Sacred Time in Jewish Mysticism.

Instructor(s): Elliot K Ginsburg (elgins@umich.edu)

Prerequisites: (3). May be repeated for a total of 9 credits.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

In Jewish (mystical) tradition, the round of the year paces out a comprehensive devotional path, both a world-view and a spiritual practice. In this course, we will explore the yearly cycles of time as expressed in Kabbalistic and Hasidic mysticism: especially Zoharic Kabblah and the Bnei Yissaschar, but also the Sefat Emet, the Icbiczer and Slonimer, and that latter day mystic, Zalman Schachter-Shalomi. These primary (Hebrew language) texts will be supplemented by English-language readings from the history and philosophy of religions, from Judaism (Scholem, Heschel, and Rosenzweig) and from the anthropology of time. This course will be conducted as a seminar: it calls for both intellectual rigor and engagement, to understand Judaism not only as an "argument" but as "deep song." Proficient knowledge of Hebrew is required for this course. Short essays, term paper or project.

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HJCS 591. Topics in Hebrew and Jewish Cultural Studies.

Jewish Literature and Culture in English

Section 001 Post-Zionist Readings of Hebrew Fiction: Excluded Others Reshape Israeli Narrative. Meets with HJCS 491.001. Taught in Hebrew.

Instructor(s): Sidra DeKoven Ezrahi

Prerequisites: (3).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

See Hebrew and Jewish Cultural Studies 491.001.

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HJCS 798. Directed Graduate Readings.

Occasional Course

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites: Graduate standing and permission of instructor. (1-3). (INDEPENDENT).

Credits: (1-3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Designed for individual students who have an interest in a specific topic (usually that has stemmed from a previous course). An individual instructor must agree to direct such a reading, and the requirements are specified when approval is granted.

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HJCS 990. Dissertation Research Precandidate.

Occasional Course

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites: Election for dissertation work by doctoral candidate not yet admitted as a Candidate. Graduate standing. (1-8). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit.

Credits: (1-8; 1-4 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Election for dissertation work by doctoral student not yet admitted as a Candidate.

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HJCS 993. Graduate Student Instructor Training Program.

Occasional Course

Instructor(s): Raji M Rammuny (raram@umich.edu)

Prerequisites: Must have a Teaching Assistantship. Graduate standing. (1).

Credits: (1).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

A seminar for all beginning graduate student instructors, consisting of a two day orientation before the term starts and periodic workshops/meetings during the Fall Term. Beginning graduate student instructors are required to register for this class.

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HJCS 995. Dissertation Research.

Occasional Course

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites: Graduate School autorization for admission as a doctoral Candidate. Graduate standing. (8). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit.

Credits: (8; 4 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Graduate School authorization for admission as a doctoral Candidate. N.B. The defense of the dissertation (the final oral examination) must be held under a full term Candidacy enrollment period.

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