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Fall Academic Term 2003 Graduate Course Guide

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Courses in Hebrew and Jewish Cultural Studies


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Fall Academic Term 2003 (September 2 - December 19)


HJCS 471. Introduction to Modern Hebrew Literature, I.

Jewish Literature and Culture in Hebrew

Taught in Hebrew.

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

Prerequisites: HJCS 302. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

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 477 / JUDAIC 478 / RELIGION 478. Modern Jewish Thought.

Judaic Cultural Studies in English

Section 001.

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

Prerequisites: (3). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

An exploration of selected 20th-century Jewish thinkers and their response to the crisis of modernity (and post-modernity): the breakdown of traditional Jewish culture and its system of meaning; the encounter with, and assimilation of, Western culture; the impact of the traumas of World War II and the Holocaust; and the contemporary quest for intimacy and tikkun, or "healing." Authors studied include Martin Buber, Franz Rosenzweig, A.J. Heschel, and the radical theologian Richard Rubenstein; the Hebrew authors Bialik and Agnon; the feminist theologian Judith Plaskow; and the mystically inflected work of Arthur Green. Lecture and discussion; take-home midterm; 10-15 page paper; final.

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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). May not be repeated for credit.

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, contemplative 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 — Sacred Space in Graeco-Roman Palestine: The Case of The Temple Mount in Jerusalem. Meets with JUDAIC 591.001 and ACABS 491.002.

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

Prerequisites: (3). May be repeated for credit for a maximum of 6 credits.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

See Ancient Civilizations and Biblical Studies 491.002.

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HJCS 491. Topics in Hebrew and Jewish Cultural Studies.

Jewish Literature and Culture in English

Section 002 — Israeli Film and Theatre.

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

Prerequisites: (3). May be repeated for credit for a maximum of 6 credits.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course parallels HJCS 301 and is designed primarily with heritage students (Bney Yisra'elim) and other advanced Hebrew students in mind. It aims to build bridges between language class and upper division Hebrew literature and culture classes. In this course, we will develop further reading, listening, and writing competencies, and, at the same time, explore different writing styles via the media of Hebrew theater and film. More than focusing on systematic language acquisition, the course builds on and strengthens fluency. Our discussions will focus on award winning plays, critically acclaimed films, and popular TV productions, helping to broaden our historical perspective of Israeli culture, and deepen our understanding of its complexities. As part of the course requirements, students must actively participate in class discussions, submit written assignments, and contribute to the final project of a short play or video production. Because this course is taught entirely in Hebrew, instructor's approval is required.

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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): Stefanie Siegmund (siegmund@umich.edu)

Prerequisites: Graduate standing. (4). May not be repeated for credit. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in HJCS 276.

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

See Judaic Studies 505.001.

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HJCS 591. Topics in Hebrew and Jewish Cultural Studies.

Jewish Literature and Culture in English

Section 001 — The Midrashic Narrative: Literary Reading of Rabbinic Stories. Meets with JUDAIC 591.002.

Instructor(s): Eli Yassif

Prerequisites: (3). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

We shall read and present selected texts from the Talmudic-Midrashic and medieval Hebrew literature, in their original language and in translation. The selection will be of various genres and topics: rewritten biblical stories, myths, sages' legends, gender tales, fables, magic tales, and humorous narratives. The reading will concentrate on two methodological issues:

  1. The "story in contexts": each story will be presented in its religious, historical, moral, interpretive context;
  2. The generic imperative: how the literary analysis of rabbinic texts provides an essential vehicle for their interpretation.

    We shall read: the creation of the first woman; the sacrifices of Isaac; tales of the revolt against Rome; Akiva's wife and Beruriah the sage woman; the tales of destruction and revival in Midrash of Lamentations; the Story of R.Simeon ben Shatah and the witches; the tall tales of Rabbah bar-bar-Hannah.

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    HJCS 798. Directed Graduate Readings.

    Occasional Course

    Instructor(s):

    Prerequisites: Graduate standing and permission of instructor. (1-3). (INDEPENDENT). May not be repeated for credit.

    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. Permission of instructor required. (1). May not be repeated for credit.

    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 authorization 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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