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Courses - Fall 2021
JWST
Jewish Studies Department Site
JWST272
Diversify and Multiply: Jewish Culture and the Production of an Identity
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: HL
GenEd: DSHU, DVUP
Cross-listed with: CMLT242, ISRL249G.
Credit only granted for: JWST272, CMLT242, or ISRL249G.
Provides students with a unique exploration of cultural products produced by a diverse array of Jewish creators of literature, comedy and film. The texts, films, and performing arts touch on the central social, economic, and cultural issues of Jews during the ages, and up to the 21st century. This course will explore Jewish creativity throughout history, as well as the Jewish encounter with modernity as a whole. We will be diving into prominent creators such as Tiffany Haddish, Larry David, Sholem Aleichem, Adam Sandler, S. Y. Abramovitsch, Judd Apatow, Philip Roth, Amy Schumer, I. B. Singer, Ben Stiller, Franz Kafka, Dan Levy, and others. Examining their creations will open a window to the diverse methods of construction of modern Jewish identities.