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Spring 2013 Graduate Courses

Jewish History I: Ancient and Medieval
16:563:501; Monday, Wednesday, 4th period; Paola Tartakoff
Murray Hall, Room 210

This course examines the social, religious, intellectual, and political experience of the Jewish people from the crystallization of their national-religious consciousness in the biblical period through the end of the 15th century. The religion and culture of the Jews are discussed within the broader context of their environment.  The course divides neatly into three main periods:  the biblical (or ancient) period, the post-biblical period (known as late antiquity), and the medieval period.  We begin the course with the ancient Israelites as an independent people in its own land, and then move to the study of the Jews under foreign rule (including Babylonia, Persia, Greece, Rome, Islam, and Christianity).  Primary sources (Bible, Dead Sea Scrolls, Josephus, Talmud, Maimonides, medieval chronicles, etc.) are emphasized throughout.  The course concludes with the Expulsion of the Jews from the Iberian Peninsula.


Jewish History II: Early Modern and Modern
16:563:502; Monday, Wednesday, 4th period; Jonathan Gribetz
SCILS, Room 201

This course surveys the major trends in Jewish life from the ferment caused by the expulsion of the Jews from the Iberian Peninsula at the end of the fifteenth century until the years between Europe‚Äôs two great twentieth-century wars. Lectures will highlight the political, social, religious, and intellectual life of the Jews.  Topics of study include the emergence of Marranism, the rise of mercantilism and the resettlement of the Jews in Europe, the development of Jewish enlightenment (Haskalah), the debates over the political emancipation of the Jews, the emergence of Hasidism, the rise of Reform Judaism, modern anti-Semitism, Zionism, and Jewish life in Eastern Europe from the nineteenth century until the Russian Revolution.  The course concludes with Jewish life in Weimar Germany during the interwar years.


Jewish Memory, Identity and Culture
16:563:590; Wednesday, 1:10-4:10; Zerubavel
12 College Avenue, Room 206

Memory is an important facet of Jewish social life. Jewish tradition put a particularly strong emphasis on memory and modern Jewish culture has continued this trend. Traditional forms have been reinterpreted and reshaped while new sites of memory represent the impact of major events in recent history on contemporary Jewish life and identity. The course examines the relations between history and memory, autobiographical and collective memory, memory and identity, counter-memory and the transformation of tradition trauma and post-memory as well as explores various Jewish sites of memory including holidays, literary narratives, memorials, media, and art. Students are expected to develop their own research projects on a theme related to Jewish memory, selecting their own topic, preferred historical era and methodological approach.



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