ENGL331 - American Jewish Literature

How has American culture changed our notion of what constitutes a Jew? Judaism in America today is an ethnic identity; it is a way of speaking, of eating, of thinking, a story of origins, an identification with a community, but not a theology, and certainly not a set of laws by which Jews identify themselves as “the chosen people.” Literary culture has played a major role in determining the parameters of American Jewish Identity. In this class we will explore American Jewish literature and its role in the evolution of American ethnic identity. In conjunction with primary literary texts we will read cultural and critical essays on ethnicity as it pertains to Jewish literature, and Jewish life, in America.

Also offered as: JWST341. Credit only granted for: ENGL379L (Spring 2013), HONR229G (Spring 2008, Fall 2011). Formerly: ENGL379L and HONR229G.


Two lower-level English courses, at least one in literature; or permission of ARHU-English department.