ENG 324W - Modern European-Jewish LiteratureCourse Cross-listed with ML 324W /JS 324W
3 credit(s) Writing Intensive
This class explores the relationship between the Jewish Enlightenment (Haskalah) and the development of modern Hebrew and Yiddish literature. The readings and class discussions examine shifting conceptions of Jewish identity; contested notions of Diaspora, Exile, and Home; the relationship between Jewish politics and art; and the tension between the particularity of the national experience and the universality of the Jew. Readings by masters of 19th- and 20th-century European Jewish fiction include S. Y. Abramovitch (Mendele Mocher Seforim), known as the “grandfather” of Yiddish literature; Sholem Aleichem’s humorous tales of Eastern Europe; the folk stories of Y. L. Peretz; Kafka’s modernist parables; Isaac Babel’s passionate narratives of the Russian revolution; I. B. Singer’s tales of demons and sinners; and others. This course fulfills the writing-intensive guideline and literature requirements for the Judaic studies major.
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