Jewish History I: Ancient and Medieval (3)
The social, religious, intellectual, and political history of the
Jewish people from the crystallization of their national-religious
consciousness in the Biblical period until the end of the 15th century.
Jewish History II: Early Modern and Modern (3)
The major trends in Jewish life from the ferment caused by
the expulsion of the Jews from the Iberian Peninsula at the end of the
15th century until the years between Europe's two great 20th-century wars.
American Jewish Life: Social Science Approaches (3)
Key works in the study of Jewish life in America since the
turn of the 20th century, including works of journalism, sociology,
anthropology, sociolinguistics, and ethnomusicology.
The Bible through Literary Eyes (3)
The Bible as literature, with an eye to identifying the many
literary devices utilized by the ancient Israelite authors.
The Akedah: The Binding of Isaac and Its Reverberations (3)
A broad view of Jewish cultural and intellectual history,
using the story of the Binding of Isaac as its linchpin; survey of Jewish
sources, including a wide range of texts, genres, and media.
Rabbinic Literature (3)
The historical developments that led to the establishment
and eventual dominance of rabbinic Judaism, as well as the internal dynamics
involved in this process.
Kafka's parables, short stories, novels, diaries, and
correspondence, with a particular focus on questions of translation,
intertextuality, gesture, and the relationship between writing and the body.
Benjamin, Scholem, Arendt (3)
Examines three towering figures of 20th-century
thought: Walter Benjamin (1892-1940), Gershom Scholem (1897-1982), and Hannah
Europe and Its Jews: Problems and Directed Readings in Modern Jewish Historiography (3)
The central trends and personalities in modern Jewish historical
Jewish-Christian Relations through the Ages (3)
The history of Jewish-Christian relations from the
beginnings of Christianity through the start of the 21st century.
The Jews in Muslim and Christian Spain (3)
Jewish life in Iberia from its legendary beginnings in Biblical times through the expulsion of the Jews from Spain in 1492.
Jewish Memory, Identity, and Culture (3)
Collective memory and autobiographical memory, politics of
commemoration, trauma and post-memory, testimonies, fiction and film, and memorial
sites and ritual.