JS190-000: Freshman Seminar

January 10, 2017 - April 24, 2017
DaysTimeLocationInstructorGERCreditOPUS #
10:00am - 12:30pm
Callaway Center S108
Udel, Miriam
Appropriate for First Year students.

Designed to engage first-year students in aspects of inquiry and research into areas of Jewish religion, culture, history, or language. Topics will vary.

Special Evidence-Focused Seminar. For more information: http://evidence.emory.edu/in-the-news/evidence-focused-courses.html

Jewish culture stretches across an immense span: from an ancient religious civilization to secular modernity. Bearing in mind the Jewish joke (often attributed to German-language poet Heinrich Heine) that “The Jews are just like everybody else, only more so,” this freshman seminar considers how Eastern European Jewry entered and inhabited modernity in the twentieth century. What was distinctive about this experience and what was more broadly universal? Focusing on themes of mobility (geographic and social) and maturation (coming of age, growing up, growing old), we examine a broad range of fiction by the two best-known authors to emerge from Yiddish-speaking civilization: Sholem Aleichem (1859-1916) and the Nobel prize winning Isaac Bashevis Singer (1902-1991). There are no prerequisites.

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