For the past two centuries, Jews' religious life has been transformed by a wide variety of new media, including photography, newspapers, sound recordings, movies, radio, television, video, cell phones, the internet. This seminar will examine a wide range of examples, focusing on American Jewry—from early sound recordings by cantors, to dissident Hasidim who lead “double lives” in secret online. Other examples include the role of various media in JewishChristian relations, such as ecumenical broadcasts of the mid-twentieth century and the role of various media in how Jews grapple with Christmas (the so-called “December dilemma”). The course will also consider how new media change the way that Jews engage with older media, from ancient parchments to 78 RPM discs.
This course fulfills Core requirement WC.
Spring 2021 taught by Professor Jeffrey Shandler synchronously.
Tuesdays and Thursdays @ 4:30 PM - 5:50 PM