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Fall Academic Term '02 Graduate Course Guide

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Courses in Hebrew and Jewish Cultural Studies


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Fall Academic Term, 2002 (September 3 - December 20)


HJCS 401. Hebrew of the Communications Media, I.

Modern Hebrew: Language Courses

Section 001.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites: HJCS 202. (3).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

The social genre of the communications media (newspaper and television) serves as the basis for discussion of current events, readings, and writing tasks. Unedited newspaper selections and television news broadcasts provide the basis for classroom activities. Special projects, in the form of debates and individual presentations, constitute an important part of the course activities, and are designed to enhance speech and communication. The final grade is based on class activities, students' presentations, written assignments, and two examinations: midterm and final. Class discussions and activities are exclusively in Hebrew.

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HJCS 471. Introduction to Modern Hebrew Literature, I.

Jewish Literature and Culture in Hebrew

Section 001 Taught in Hebrew.

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

Prerequisites: HJCS 302. (3).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

The thematic focus of this introductory course to Hebrew literature is Home and the way it figures as a national, religious, secular, collective, or ethnic metaphor. What has the Home become for second and third generation of Diaspora Jews? How is the notion of being home or being in exile articulated in the literature through writing on issues of territory, nativity, exile, or subjectivity? Do women or children write differently about the concept of Home? In this course, we will read a wide range of literary texts of different periods and genres, focusing on the aesthetics and poetics of Hebrew, discussing the relevant issues in Jewish/Israeli history and culture. This course will be taught in Hebrew.

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

General HJCS

Section 001 The Emotions and Senses in Judaism. Working knowledge of Hebrew desirable.

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.

The ways in which human communities understand, express, repress, intimate and explain their emotions are stunningly varied. Laws, customs, song, ritual life, e.g., all serve to simultaneously give vent to the emotions and to control their chaos. This seminar will explore dynamics of emotional expression with special emphasis on the Jewish tradition. We will explore some of the following: joy, brokenheartedness, fear, wonder, awe, grief, disgust, shame, expiation, love (ecstatic and contained, filial and erotic), wholeness, equanimity, acceptance, rage, regret (that complex amalgam of feeling and cognition); as well as those "mixed" emotions that contain shifting measures of emptiness and fullness: longing, anticipation, savoring. We will explore how these emotions are framed, nurtured, celebrated, and denied in Jewish devotional and literary sources, as well as in cross-cultural and theoretical writings. We use the category "emotion" to investigate Judaism, and use "Judaism" to ask questions about human emotion. Throughout, we will explore the role played by the senses (vision deep seeing, chanting and attentive listening, smell and breath, touch and movement) in shaping the world of feeling and in mobilizing and concentrating desire. We will thus uncover how the senses may serve as both gateway to and metaphor for the spiritual path. Previous coursework in Judaism or the study of Religion strongly recommended. Working knowledge of Hebrew desirable. Brief weekly essays (2 pp.) and a term paper/project.

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HJCS 592. Seminar in Hebrew and Jewish Cultural Studies.

Jewish Literature and Culture in English

Section 001 Reading the Rabbis. Second year proficiency in Hebrew is a prerequisite. Meets with HJCS 270.001 and Judaic 500.009.

Instructor(s): Yaron Z Eliav (yzeliav@umich.edu)

Prerequisites: (3).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This is an intensive graduate seminar in rabbinic literature that requires approx. 150-200 pages of reading each week. Second year proficiency in Hebrew is a prerequisite. Students will attend HJCS 270 Introduction to Rabbinic Literature and meet all the assignments of that course. In addition the seminar will meet separately once every two weeks for an intensive reading session in the original language (time will be determined in class), during which we will read through the entire Mishnah and Tosefta. Students will also be asked to read 5-7 scholarly books and write a short paper about two.

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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

Section 001.

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 course.

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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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