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Winter Academic Term '02 Graduate Course Guide

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Courses in Hebrew and Jewish Cultural Studies


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Winter Academic Term, 2002 (January 7 - April 26)

Open courses in Hebrew and Jewish Cultural Studies
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Winter Academic Term '02 Time Schedule for Hebrew and Jewish Cultural Studies.


HJCS 472. Introduction to Modern Hebrew Literature, II.

Jewish Literature and Culture in Hebrew

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Raz Yosef (razy@umich.edu)

Prerequisites: HJCS 302. (3).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course will discuss, compare, and contrast the relationship between major Modern Hebrew writings and film adaptations. Tracing artistic, stylistic, thematic, and ideological similarities and differences between novel and film, the course will explore the ways meanings are produced, recycled, and transformed from novel to screen. We will raise questions such as: can an adaptation ever be "faithful" to its literary source? What kinds of stylistic equivalencies and transmutations are possible across the two media? Using feminist, post-colonial and critical historiographic theories, we will examine central historical and political discourses in the readings of both the literary and cinematic works of Israeli society.

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HJCS 491. Topics in Hebrew and Jewish Cultural Studies.

Jewish Literature and Culture in English

Section 001 Politics of Culture in Hebrew Literature: Ethnicity. Meets with Comparative Literature 490.002 and Judaic Studies 317.001.

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

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

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Many Israelis will tell you happily that problems with ethnicity are over. They can point to increasing interethnic marriages, to the many Mizrahim (Jews of Middle Eastern and North African origin) in the music scene, and even to the fact that the newly appointed Israeli president is of Iranian origin. And yet, the increasing rich volume of works of literature, films, plays, and poetry produced by Mizrahim in the last thirty years tells a different story. It tells that Mizrahi culture is deeply engaged with challenging and expanding further the discussion of post Zionism, and is central in shaping current debates about the politics of culture in Israeli society. It is this story that this course will try to construct with readings, in translation, of works by writers such as Ronit Matalon, Shimon Ballas, Albert Swissa; the poetry of Miri Ben Simhon, Sami Schetrit and Amira Hess; music by Zehava Ben, and films by Moshe Mizrahi, Rami Kimchi, David Ofek, and Buzaglo. At the same time, we will focus on how these writers address general questions of hegemonic language, discursive space, legitimacy, mapping and ethnic location, and subjectivity; how they challenge and approximate the canon and their notion of the homeland; and how their difference and otherness are slowly reshaping the landscape of Israeli culture.

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HJCS 491. Topics in Hebrew and Jewish Cultural Studies.

Jewish Literature and Culture in English

Section 002 Nationalism and Visual Representations in Media and Films.

Instructor(s): Raz Yosef (razy@umich.edu)

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

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

This course explores the complex role played by Israeli cinema in the construction of modern Israeli nationalism along the axes of cardinal historical and socio-political events and discourses of Israeli society, such as the Zionist project, the military culture, interethnic tension between Mizrahi and Ashkenazi Israeli Jews, the Holocaust and the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. Using post-colonial, feminist, queer and critical historiographic methodologies, we will examine visual tropes, themes, and narrative structures that inform the representation of Israeli national identity. We will critically view classical and contemporary Israeli films; try to expose the ambivalence, contradictions and multiple voices of Israeli society, and offer an alternative reading to the dominant national discourse. This course is open to undergraduates 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 498. Senior Honors Thesis.

Occasional Course

Instructor(s):

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

hopwood-eligible course

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 Models of Jewish Renewal.

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.

This seminar explores several key examples of Jewish spiritual questing and renewal in the 20th century. Among the sources to be explored are Martin Buber and his theology of the holiness of relationship (pan-sacramental urge) and the intentional community around Kalonymous Kalman Shapira, the rebbe of the Warsaw ghetto, who developed a mystical fellowship and practice of soul-quieting/silence that bears interesting parallels to Vipassana meditation. The bulk of the course will be devoted to works (texts, memoirs, theology, devotional music) emerging from the so-called "Jewish renewal movement," which seeks sources as diverse as feminism, deep ecology, East Asian contemplative traditions, and "the politics of meaning." Authors to read include Arthur Green, Arthur Waskow, Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, Judith Plaskow, Tirzah Firestone, Sylvia Boorstein, and Rodger Kamenetz.

(These latter figures explore the growing contemporary interchange between certain Buddhist and Jewish practices). We ask: how do these experiments alter/depart from/up-end/deepen traditional Jewish practices and spiritual direction? In so doing we raise questions regarding the multi-form shape and volatile nature of "Judaism" at the turn of the 21st century. As a final counterpart (or exclamation point), we will explore examples of engaged Orthodox renewal, and the spiritual skepticism and quest of Leon Wieseltier.

The course is conducted as a seminar, with a good deal of give-and-take. It calls for both intellectual rigor and engagement: to understand Judaism not only as "argument" but as "deep song." Occasional film, music, and examples of contemplative practice will deepen our inquire. Background in Judaic Studies or the study of Religion (including contemplative practice). Short essays, term paper.

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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 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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