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Courses - Spring 2018
JWST
Jewish Studies Department Site
JWST225
Religions of the Ancient Near East
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU
Credit only granted for: JWST225, RELS219A, or HIST219I.
Introduction to ancient Near Eastern religious systems and mythology, from the third millennium BCE through the fourth century BCE. Particular emphasis on Mesopotamia and ancient Israel.
Also offered as RELS219A and HIST219I.
JWST230
Rabbinic Movement: History and Culture
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: SH, D
GenEd: DSHS or DSHU
Also offered as: HIST281.
Credit only granted for: HIST281 or JWST230.
Introduction to the Rabbinic movement and its history, first to seventh century CE. Survey of the essential texts of ancient Rabbinic literature, both halakhic (legal) and aggadic (non-legal).
Also offered as HIST281. Credit only granted for HIST281 or JWST230.
JWST260
Introduction to Classical Hebrew I
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: HEBR111; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department.
Formerly: HEBR401.
Readings of the Bible and other classical texts in original Hebrew. Emphasis on classical grammar and vocabulary, and reading of textual passages.
Prerequisite: HEBR111; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department. Formerly; HEBR401. Readings of the Bible and other classical texts in original Hebrew. Emphasis on classical grammar and vocabulary, and reading of textual passages. Also offered as: HEBR298A. Credit only granted for: JWST260 or HEBR298A.
JWST272
Introduction to Jewish Literature
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: HL
GenEd: DSHU, DVUP
Also offered as: CMLT242.
Credit only granted for: CMLT242 or JWST272.
A survey of Jewish literature and introduction to methods of reading literature in general and Jewish literature in particular. Concern with what makes a literary corpus Jewish and other issues of canonicity. All texts in English translation.
Also offered as ISRL249G and CMLT242. Credit only granted for CMLT242, ISRL249G, or JWST272. A survey of Jewish literature and introduction to methods of reading literature in general and Jewish literature in particular. Concern with what makes a literary corpus Jewish and other issues of canonicity. All texts in English translation.
JWST281
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Introduction to the Yiddish language, with emphasis on speaking, reading, and writing skills. Students will also learn the history of the language, its significance to Jewish culture, its origins and basic structure.
Also offered as GERM148Y. Credit granted for GERM148Y or JWST281.
JWST319C
Special Topics in Jewish Studies; Women and Jewish Literature
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU
Also offered as ENGL348J, CMLT398K, and WMST348J. Credit granted for JWST319C, ENGL348J, CMLT398K, or WMST348J. An exploration of Jewish women and Jewish literacy. What kind of access throughout Jewish history have women had to Jewish languages and literatures, and how has that affected their role in Jewish society? During the modern period, what is the link between Jewish women's authorship and their reading lives? In this class we will study essays, fiction, memoirs, poetry and drama.
JWST319D
Special Topics in Jewish Studies; Mizrahi Identity in Israel
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
It is impossible to understand Israeli society today without examining the Mizrahi experience. Despite the common misconception that most Israelis are of European origin, the fact of the matter is that Jews of Mizrahi origin, whose parents and grandparentsimmigrated to Israel from the Middle East and North Africa,represent a major part of the Israeli population. Moreover, Ashkenazi-Mizrahi relations continue to be a major source of tension in Israeli society and politics.This course brings to light narratives of Mizrahi identity in Israel and explores the trajectory of the Mizrahi struggle for equality through its various milestones: the 1959 Wadi Salib Revolt, the Black Panthers Movement in the 1970s, the emergence of the Israeli Sephardi-Orthodox party Shas, and the new wave of Mizrahi activism in the 21st century. Additionally, the course explores literature, film and television to uncover the way Mizrahi Jews narrate their story in Israel today. Also offered as HIST329Z and ISRL329M. Credit only granted for HIST329Z, ISRL329M, or JWST319D.
JWST319K
Special Topics in Jewish Studies; Jewry of Muscle: Zionism and Jewish Masculinity
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU
Also offered as ISRL329K. Credit granted for JWST319K or ISRL329K.

Part of the Zionist cultural project involved creating a new Jewish masculinity that would replace the diasporic sissy Jew with a strong, healthy new Jewry of Muscle. Using literary and filmic sources, we will analyze how these Zionist and Israeli cultural productions served to build (and sometimes undermine) this new model of Jewish masculinity.
JWST319L
Special Topics in Jewish Studies; Sexuality in Jewish Culture
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU
This course provides students with a unique exploration of texts and and films created by various Jewish authors and filmmakers, and the way they dealt with questions of gender and sexuality. The texts and films touch on the central social, economic, and cultural issues of European, American and Israeli Jewry during the middle ages, and up to the 19th and 20th centuries. It will explore how the categories of gender and sexuality changed and were represented in rich and contrasting ways according to the authorssocial norms and ideological convictions. Focusing on gender and sexuality in Jewish culture can help us better understand Jewish social norms, creativity, and history, in particular modern Jewish literatures, and film, and the Jewish encounter with modernity as a whole. We will be reading prominent writers and filmmakers such as Sholem Aleichem, Philip Roth, S. Y. Abramovitsch, Woody Allen, Celia Dropkin, I. B. Singer, Sholem Ash, Boaz Davidson, and others.
JWST333
Jews in Early Modern Times 1450-1750
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Recommended: HIST282; or JWST234.
Also offered as: HIST373.
Credit only granted for: JWST333 or HIST373.
Formerly: JWST419C.
Emergence of new powerful population centers, religious and cultural creativity, new forms of community, and radical messianic movements.
JWST345
The Holocaust of European Jewry
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Also offered as: HIST307.
Credit only granted for: HIST307 or JWST345.
Roots of Nazi Jewish policy in the 1930s and during World War II: the process of destruction and the implementation of the "final solution of the Jewish problem" in Europe, and the responses made by the Jews to their concentration and annihilation.
JWST386
Experiential Learning in Jewish Studies
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: Permission of ARHU-Meyerhoff Program & Center for Jewish Studies.
Restriction: Junior standing or higher.
The Jewish Studies Program's internship program. Pre-professional experience in research, analysis, and writing related to Jewish Studies in a variety of work settings.
JWST418
(Perm Req)
Honors Thesis Research in Jewish Studies
Credits: 3 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg
JWST429O
Advanced Topics in Jewish Studies; 1948 and the Transnational Struggle for Palestine
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: ARAB305 or HEBR313 (or permission from instructor.) Also offered as ISRL448W, HEBR498M, HIST419Y, and ARAB499Y. Credit granted for JWST429O, ISRL448W, HEBR498M, HIST419Y, or ARAB499Y. An exploration of the 1948 War for Palestine/Israel and its reverberations throughout the Middle East and North Africa. For students who have advanced proficiency in EITHER Hebrew or Arabic, this class offers a unique perspective on this seminal war through readings of original documents written by the war participants, both Jewish and Arab. Students can expect to improve their translation and reading comprehension skills in Hebrew or Arabic. Class discussions as well as a final research paper will be in English.
JWST499
(Perm Req)
Independent Study in Jewish Studies; Independent Study in Jewish Studies
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: permission of department.
Contact department for information to register for this course.
JWST619J
(Perm Req)
Directed Readings in Jewish Studies; Testimony of Witness: Trauma, History and Narratives of Witness
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Also offered as ENGL749J. Credit granted for ENGL749J or JWST619J. In this course, we will focus on testimony from a variety of different theoretical perspectives in an attempt to construct a methodology for reading, and thinking about, testimony. Works by Stephen Greenblatt, Walter Benn Michaels, Hayden White, Cathy Caruth, Shoshana Felman, and others will take us through a wide range of orientations and disciplines in our consideration of approaches to testimony. Throughout the semester, students will be responsible for analyzing and presenting audio or video Holocaust testimonies collected from the archives of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum to the class, as they pertain to the theoretical materials on testimony we will be reading. Students will have the opportunity to test the resilience and the limits of testimonial discourse generated within the context of the Holocaust.
JWST648
(Perm Req)
Readings in Jewish History
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Prerequisite: permission of department. Repeatable to 9 credits if content differs.

Focus on the central issues in Jewish history as well as the key historiographical debates on those issues.
Contact department for information to register for this course.
JWST658
(Perm Req)
Readings in Jewish Thought and Culture
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Prerequisite: permission of department. Repeatable to 9 credits if content differs.

Examines key issues in the development of Jewish thought and culture.
Contact department for information to register for this course.
JWST678
(Perm Req)
Readings in Jewish Literature
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Prerequisite: permission of department. Repeatable to 9 credits if content differs.

Examines selected themes on literatures in the development of Jewish literary traditions.
Contact department for information to register for this course.
JWST799
(Perm Req)
Masters Thesis Research
Credits: 1 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg, S-F
Prerequisite: permission of department.
Contact department for information to register for this course.