ENGL331 - American Jewish Literature
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Also offered as: JWST341. Credit only granted for: ENGL379L (Spring 2013), HONR229G (Spring 2008), JWST319T(Spring 2013), ENGL331, or JWST341. Formerly: ENGL379L and JWST319T.

An exploration of the role played by literature in the development of American Jewish ethnic identity. Primary materials include essays, poetry, plays, short stories, novels, films and music.

In this course we will explore key texts in American Jewish literature, with special attention to narratives of immigration, of education, and of consciousness. Beginning with Irving Howe's claim, in the 1960s, that American Jewish literature would die out with the immigrant generation of the turn of the twentieth century, we will consider whether or not that predication has borne itself out. We will read works of different genres and different periods, beginning with early twentieth century works by Mary Antin, Anzia Yezierska, Abe Cahan and Henry Roth and moving into the latter half of the century with Cynthia Ozick, Bernard Malamud, Philip Roth and Saul Bellow, among others. We will also read recent works by up and coming writers such as Nathan Englander, Lara Vapnyar, Sana Krasikov and Shalom Auslander.
 
Notes:
  • Also offered as: JWST341.
  • Credit only granted for: ENGL379L, HONR229G, JWST319T, ENGL331, or JWST341.
  • Formerly: ENGL379L and JWST319T.
Prerequisites: 
Two lower-level English courses, at least one in literature; or permission of ARHU-English department.