Spring 2017 Course Offerings

Please visit the Schedule of Classes for specific dates, times, and locations of the courses listed below. Course listed in italics must be petitioned. The Program Courses page offers information about all courses that count toward the completion of the Jewish Studies Program's major and minors.

SP 2017 Course Instructor
JUDA 3 Intermediate Hebrew  Shuster
JUDA 103 Intermediate Hebrew Texts Propp
JUDA 199 Independent Study Propp
ECON 182 Topics in the Israeli Economy Shany
LTEN 150 Jews and Gender in Early English Literature Lampert-Weissig
SOCI 188I  The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Shafir

Topical Course Descriptions

JUDA 87: Freshman Seminar: What is Jewish Studies
Jewish Studies encompasses many fields including language, literature, film, history, anthropology, sociology and archaeology. Students will learn about Jewish Studies and its development as a discipline as well as specific opportunities for study, research and travel through Jewish Studies at UCSD. JUDA 87 is now open to upper-classmen. For more information about JUDA 87_FA16 click here

LTEN 178: Comparative Ethnic Literature: the Literature of Trauma

In her acceptance speech for the Nobel Prize in Literature, Toni Morrison said "Language can never 'pin down' slavery, genocide, war. Nor should it yearn for the arrogance to be able to do so. Its force, its felicity, is in its reach toward the ineffable." Despite the impossibility of "pinning down" slavery, genocide and war through language, writers have, nevertheless tried to convey the impact of atrocity, of collective trauma on groups and on individuals. In this course students will read literary responses to war, genocide and slavery by individuals from several ethnic groups in the U.S.: African-Americans, Jewish-Americans, Vietnamese-Americans and Native Americans. I have chosen the U.S. works below because they are each explorations of responses to collective trauma as it impacts the individual and family across generations. These works represent experiences of those who are native to the U.S., those who immigrated here either willingly or as refugees and those who were brought here forcibly. Each work engages with the experience of the ethnic group within the larger frame of the "American experience." Another striking thing that the works covered in the course all share is their engagement with some form of the otherworldly, either through representation of the supernatural, the use of "magic realism" or, in the case of Octavia Butler's science fiction novel about slavery, Kindred, exploration of time travel. A focus on the fantastic, magic realism and experimental form will unite our readings and explorations. We will specifically consider the ways in which the authors we examine use literary form and the fantastic to attempt to convey extreme experiences both in the past and in the present day and how these literary choices affect the reader. Some of the readings planned are: Isaac Bashevis Singer, Enemies, a Love Story (1972), Octavia Butler, Kindred (1979); Louise Erdrich, Love Medicine (1988); Toni Morrison, Beloved (1987); Art Spiegelman, Maus I and II (1991); Jonathan Safran Foer, Everything is Illuminated (2002); lê thi diem thúy, The Gangster We are All Looking For (2003); secondary readings on magical realism, collective memory and the fantastic. 

LTEU 140: Italian Literature in Translation: Jewish-Italian Writers

This course will analyze the themes of identity and belonging in the works of Jewish Italian writers in the 20th Century through the prose of Giorgio Bassani, Natalia Ginzburg, Italo Svevo, Primo Levi, Carlo Levi, Moni Ovadia's theater, and Umberto Saba's poetry. We will also spend a week learning about Jewish Italian food and its influence on "mainstream" Italian cuisine, and we will end by reading and discussing contemporary Jewish Italian writers like Gad Lerner and Fiamma Nirenstein.

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