HISTORY 222 - Sex and Sexuality in Jewish History and Culture
Winter 2021, Section 001
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  Online (see other Sections below)
Subject: History (HISTORY)
Department: LSA History
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Details

Credits:
3
Requirements & Distribution:
HU
Waitlist Capacity:
99
Consent:
With permission of department.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

Description

This course explores Jewish understandings and practices of sexuality and sex/gender from antiquity to the present. We will consider how different concepts of gender – masculine, feminine, nonbinary, queer, and more – interacted with sexual practices and ideas in a variety of religious, social, and political contexts. And we’ll not only trace shifting notions of sexuality and gender but also examine how these notions shored up differing ways of being and doing Jewishness.

We will study ancient and medieval traditions (Bible, Talmud, Kabbalah) and their transformations in early modern Jewish communities through contemporary Jewish movements, medieval Jewish practices and imaginaries in Christian and Islamicate worlds, and the complexities of modern Jewish formations in the US and Israel/Palestine, and the present. Our source materials will range across the ritual, legal, ethical, and visual-material, from the philosophical to the everyday. A recurring difficulty we’ll have to grapple with is how we can study cultures in different times and places using present-day categories and identities (e.g. heterosexuality and LGBTQ history). We will try to approach this problem through creative projects and experimental writing. Those interested in the study of religion, sexuality, gender, and history and who enjoy reading and talking about these topics are encouraged to sign up!

Intended Audience:

This course would appeal to students who are interested in the study of religion, sexuality, gender, and history.

Class Format:

Instruction/Learning Mode: This course will mostly be synchronous with the possibility of some asynchronous elements.

Platforms/Technology Used: This course will use Canvas and Zoom. Students should have access to a camera and microphone.

Schedule

HISTORY 222 - Sex and Sexuality in Jewish History and Culture
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 Online
34607
Open
8
 
-
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM

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