German Jews01:563:380
(cross-listed with 01:195:380 and 01:470:380)

The course surveys German-Jewish culture from the eighteenth century to 1935.  A wide range of philosophical, theological, autobiographical, literary, poetic, and dramatic texts will be studied, including works by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing, Moses Mendelssohn, Rahel Varnhagen, Heinrich Heine, Karl Marx, Moses Hess, Franz Kafka, Hermann Cohen, Else Lasker-Schüler, Sigmund Freud, and Martin Buber. Topics to be covered: Enlightenment and "Bildung"; salon culture; autobiography and romanticism; socialism and assimilation; “Anti-Semitism” and Zionism; theology and redemption.

Taught in English.