Fall 2017 Courses | Jewish and Israel Studies

Fall 2017 Courses

The following courses will be offered in Fall 2017


ENGL 3913 The Jewish Graphic Novel
MWF 9:00-9:50; LANG 313
Marshall Armintor

Description: In this course, we will look at the major figures and texts in the history of 20th-century Jewish-American comics/graphic narratives (Lee/Kirby, Siegel/Shuster, Bob Kane, Kurtzman/Elder, Will Eisner, Art Spiegelman, among others), and also the path breaking and formally dissonant work of Israeli writers and artists. Special attention will be paid to the representations of the Israel/Palestine conflict, the main topic of all Israeli comics.

ENGL 4800.001 Jews in Western Literature from Chaucer to Dickens
MWF 12:00-12:50 PM; LANG 301
Cindy Renker

Description: This course is designed to introduce students to the ways in which the foibles and fables, wit and wisdom of life in the cities and shetls (small villages) of Eastern Europe are expressed through the works of nineteenth and twentieth-century Jewish authors. As well as written works, Jewish humor and folklore will be studied. Films which illustrate their way of life will be shown. Most, if not all, of these writings were written in the Yiddish language and Translated to English. Historical background on the language and the authors will also be provided.

HIST 4315.001 History of Antisemitism from Ancient Times to the Present
TTH 12:30-1:50 PM; Wooten Hall 221
Eunice Pollack

Description: Examines the history of anti-Semitism from ancient Egypt to the contemporary world. topics include pagan responses to Jews, Christian theological anti-Semitism, the first Crusade, the ritual murder accusations, the blood libel, the Inquisition, impact of the Reformation, Russian pogroms, anti-Semitism in America, the Holocaust, Holocaust denial, and Arab anti-Semitism.

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HIST 4216.001 Rome's Jewish War and the Roman Near East
TTH 11:00-12:20 PM; SAGE 329
Chet Guy

Description: The expansion of Rome's sphere of influence to the east brought it into open competition with the Parthian Empire, which spanned from Arabia and the Caspian Sea to India. Judaea - and independent Jewish kingdom from 160 to 62 BC - soon came under Roman control, as a client kingdom, eventually becoming a Roman province (6 AD). Examination of the sources of Roman power in the East, as well as the military clashes that shaped Rome's administrative expansion into the Near East, focusing primarily on Judaea and the two Jewish Revolts (66 AD and 132 AD). Examination of the consequences of Rome's Jewish Wars for the Roman eastern front with the Parthians, and for Jews and Christians in Judaea/Palestine and throughout the Empire.

HIST 0000.000 The Messiah: From David to Jesus to the Present
TTH 3:00-4:50 PM; TBA
Rabbi Geoffrey Dennis

PHIL 4960.001 The Dead Sea Scrolls to the Talmud: Jewish Literature in Late Antiquity
M 6:30-9:20 PM; ENV 115
Rabbi Jordan Parr

PHIL 3530 Kabbalah: Jewish Mysticism, Myth, and Magic
M 2:00-4:50 PM; BLB 245
Rabbi Dan Lewin

Description: This course is an introduction to Jewish mysticism, presented in historical survey. Through lectures and readings from seminal texts, the course will explore the major topics of Jewish Kabbalah, including mystical cosmogony, apocalypse, and eschatology, theosophy, word-mysticism, meditation, and mystical-magical rituals of power.

PHIL 3540.001 Judaism and Philosophy
TTH 12:30-1:50 PM; CHEM 253
Martin Yaffe

Description: An introduction to a wide range of Judaic texts -- biblical, medieval, and modern -- that address Jewish law, history, and thought from diverse points of view.

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