Fall 2012 - Graduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
This course examines the role of Jews in the creation of modern cultures. Jews’ contributions to modern arts and sciences have always intrigued commentators not in the least in light of the disproportionate impact Jews made upon the non-Jewish world. The course will be grounded in recent literature on diaspora cultures, transnationalism and border crossing, and will view Jewish participation in modern culture as an area of interaction, exchange and encounter. Readings amongst others will include Mathew Arnold, T. S. Elliot, Marcel Proust, James Joyce, Sigmund Freud, Georg Simmel, Walter Benjamin and artists like Max Liebermann, Max Weber, and Marc Chagall.
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