JUDAIC 617 - Graduate Topics in Judaic Studies
Fall 2022, Section 003 - Minority Subjectivity and History: Gender, Sexuality, Ethnicity
Instruction Mode: Section 003 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Judaic Studies (JUDAIC)
Department: LSA Judaic Studies
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May be repeated for a maximum of 9 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
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Scholars working in historical fields necessarily encounter questions about how the interior experience of individual subjects has interacted with historical processes, worldviews, and structural change.  At the same time, much critical attention has been given to the status of minorities and the oppressed in history (colonized subjects, women, ethnic/racial and sexual minorities), whose very subject positions have sometimes presented a challenge to the universalist claims of the post-Enlightenment West. In the German/Central European example, the Jews have been the paradigmatic historical minority in particular ways that had implications for gendered, sexualized, ethnicized, and raced subjectivities tout court. 

This course intends to engage questions of minority subjectivity in history, broaching methodological and theoretical issues at the same time as it surveys historiographical strategies of engaging the lived experience of oppressed or minor subjects.  Reading assignments will set theoretical works on subjectivity (including psychoanalytic, Marxist, feminist, and other models) against primary sources (including literature, autobiography, letters and diaries), as well as treatments of these problems in secondary literature.  Topics to be covered include German-Jewish history and the problem of “minor culture,” studies of historical “crises of masculinity,” colonized and decolonizing subjects, and minority sexual subjectivity, among others.


JUDAIC 617 - Graduate Topics in Judaic Studies
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002 (REC)
 In Person
W 2:00PM - 5:00PM
003 (REC)
 In Person
W 4:00PM - 7:00PM
004 (REC)
 In Person
Tu 4:00PM - 7:00PM

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