JUDAIC 250 - Screening Jewish Cultures
Fall 2021, Section 001
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Judaic Studies (JUDAIC)
Department: LSA Judaic Studies
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May not be repeated for credit.
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This course explores the diversity of Jewish societies through a range of American, French, German and Israeli films, spanning the history of cinematic production. We begin with American immigrant cinema and consider how Jews negotiated the categories of race and ethnicity in films such as The Jazz Singer, Annie Hall, and A Serious Man. Turning to Nazi cinema and post-Holocaust films produced in Germany, France, the U.S., and Israel, we interrogate the use of the medium for propaganda, documentation, and witnessing. The course also introduces students to Israel as an immigrant society and to the cinematic representation of Jewish and Arab minority groups. Throughout the course, we reflect on casting choices, language use and subtitling, cross-dressing, and genre choices, as these affect the cinematic construction of Jewishness in relationship to other social groups.

Course Requirements:

Regular attendance of lectures and weekly film screenings (lab). Writing assignments include: weekly film journals; two short take-home assignments; and a final comparative essay. The course is open to students with or without a background in film analysis.

Class Format:

Bi-weekly lectures and a weekly film screening. Most films screenings will last 90-120 minutes, with a few exceptions for Holocaust films. There is an option to screen at home for students who need accommodations or have serious conflicts; instructor approval required.


JUDAIC 250 - Screening Jewish Cultures
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001 (LEC)
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002 (LAB)
 In Person

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