ENGLISH 383 - Jewish Literature
Section: 001 Jewish Culture in America: 1945 to the Present
Term: FA 2018
Subject: English Language and Literature (ENGLISH)
Department: LSA English Language & Literature
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With permission of instructor.
May not be repeated for credit.
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How have Jews been changed by America? And how have Jews in turn transformed America? To address these questions, this class traces the development of Jewish culture in America during the last half century. We will examine a range of cultural forms including literary works, essays, films, plays, stand-up comedy, and musical recordings. Themes to be discussed include the tensions between “high” and popular culture, the problem of responding to the Holocaust, American assimilation and its discontents, the meaning of Israel for American Jews, and the quest to reassert cultural traditions in modern and postmodern forms. As we pursue the shifting meanings of Jewishness in the United States, we will also ask broader questions about race, peoplehood, and religion in a multiethnic nation.

Course Requirements:

Requirements include short responses, two papers, and a final.

ENGLISH 383 - Jewish Literature
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001 (LEC)
MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
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ISBN: 9780679748267
Goodbye, Columbus : and five short stories, Author: Roth, Philip, 1933-, Publisher: Random House 1993
ISBN: 9780679729266
The shawl, Author: Ozick, Cynthia.
ISBN: 9781879045422
The earth is the Lord's the inner world of the Jew in eastern Europe, Author: Heschel, Abraham Joshua, (1907-1972)., Publisher: Jewish Lights publ 2012
ISBN: 9780374530259
Gimpel the fool and other stories, Author: Singer, Isaac Bashevis, 1904-1991., Publisher: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux 2006
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