20th C Jewish/Amer Fic/Culture (IIAMST-250)
Reading and discussion primarily of fiction by 20th century Jewish American writers, in the context of American and Jewish American culture and history. Also to be considered/connected are other aspects of Jewish American culture related to such areas as film (we will view/discuss in class selected films and documentaries), Broadway, popular music, and humor. Among the writers who may be considered are Abraham Cahan, Anzia Yezierska, Mary Antin, Henry Roth, Michael Gold, Tess Slesinger, Irwin Shaw, Delmore Schwartz, I.B. Singer, Tillie Olsen, Bernard Malamud, Saul Bellow, Philip Roth, Woody Allen, Grace Paley, Cynthia Ozick, E.M. Broner, E.L. Doctorow, Art Spiegelman, and Allegra Goodman. Among the issues/themes to be explored are assimilation vs. resistance to assimilation; the Jew as alienated/marginal/victim/sufferer/survivor; anti-Semitism; the Jew as radical/liberal/conservative; the impact of, and responses to, the Holocaust; the Jew as writer/artist/intellect ual/cultural critic/entertainer; Jewish American writing and culture as entering the mainstream; religious/spiritual/secular orientation; the American Jew and Israel; issues of ethnicity, gender, and social class; images of Jews in America; the search for identity as Jews and as Americans.
Faculty: Richard M Lebeaux
Start/End Date: Jan. 21, 2014 - May 9, 2014
Instructional Method: Lecture-based Learning