Jewish Literature and Culture

The Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures offers several courses in Jewish literature and culture that count towards the major and minor in Jewish Studies and satisfy various core requirements. The list of these courses is below. Please visit the webpage for the Program in Jewish Studies for additional information about the Jewish Studies major/minor, as well as for a list of other courses in Jewish Studies.

In addition, there are several other courses offered by the department that satisfy major/minor requirements in German Studies and Russian Studies as well as in Jewish Studies. For a list of these courses, designated as JWST cross-lists, please look at course listings in German Studies and Russian Studies.

For more information about courses in Jewish literature and culture offered in the department, please contact Sasha Senderovich.

GSLL 2350-3.  Introduction to Jewish Culture
Explores the development and expressions of Jewish culture as it moves across the chronological and geographical map of the historic Jewish people, with an emphasis on the variety of Jewish ethnicities and their cultural productions, cultural syncretism, and changes. Sets the discussion in a historical context, and looks at cultural representations that include literary, religious, and visual texts. Taught in English. Same as JWST 2350. Approved for arts and sciences core curriculum: human diversity.

GSLL 2551-3. Modern Jewish Literature
Examines Jewish experience through the study of literary texts from around the world, mainly from the 20th and 21st centuries. Discusses issues pertaining to secularism and tradition; diasporas and homelands; modernity and questions of identity raised by the intellectual transitions brought about by political and social emancipation; sexualities; enormous changes wrought by population redistributions, world wars and rapid cultural transformations. Same as JWST  2551. Approved for arts and sciences core curriculum: literature and the arts.

GSLL 3600-3. Contemporary Jewish Societies
Uses transnational lens to explore contemporary debates about Jewish people, places, and practices of identity adn community; places thatJews have called 'home,' and what has made, or continues to make those places 'Jewish"; issues of Jewish homelands and diasporars; gender, sexuality, foods, and teh Jewish body; religious practrices in contemporary contexts. Readings drawn primarily from contemporary journalism and scholarship.Taught in English. GSLL 3600, JWST 3600 and IAFS 3600 are the same course. Approved for arts and sciences core curriculum: human diversity.

For more information on these courses contact Sasha Senderovich.