JWST 250 - Jewish Identity in the Modern World: Stories, Documents, Lives
Over the course of the 19th and early 20th centuries, many Jews moved from a world bound by religious observance to a revolutionary re-imagining of their identities. Some of these revolutionary new belief systems (Marxism, Zionism, Freudianism) were as powerful and demanding as the religion their proponents had abandoned. Some of them had lasting and, in the case of Bolshevism, still controversial effects on modem history. Students will examine Jewish patterns of behavior in the 19th and 20th centuries. Readings include Sholem Aleichem, Kafka, Babel, and Oz, in addition to a variety of historical sources.
Major/Minor Restrictions: None
Class Restriction: None
Area of Inquiry: Human Thought and Expression
Liberal Arts CORE: None
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