2015 - 2016

  Jewish-American Literature                                                                           
Prof. Hana Wirth-NesherWebb - School of Languages102Mon1000-1200 Sem  1
Webb - School of Languages103Mon1000-1200 Sem  1
University credit hours:  4.0

Course description
Jewish-American Literature                                                                              Prof. Hana Wirth-Nesher
Advanced Course
From the poem on the Statue of Liberty to the novels of Philip Roth, Jewish American literature has played a major role in the construction of American identity. This course will cover works of Jewish American literature from the mid-nineteenth century to the present, and will encompass short stories, novels, poems, drama, graphic novels and film. Among the topics that will be discussed are immigration, migration, ethnicity, race, religion, humor, collective memory, representation of the Holocaust, Israel in the Jewish American imagination, and the languages, dialects, and accents of Jewish American voices. Readings will be drawn from the following authors (selective list): Emma Lazarus, Abraham Cahan, Mary Antin, AnziaYezierska, Lamed Shapiro, Delmore Schwartz, Isaac Rosenfeld, Charles Reznikoff, Henry Roth, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Saul Bellow, Cynthia Ozick, Philip Roth, Bernard Malamud, Grace Paley, Michael Chabon, Jonathan Safran Foer, and Nicole Krauss.

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