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JWST-255 Jewish Literature

A variable topic survey, in English translation, of the texts, writers, histories and languages that describe Jewish literatures. The course is especially concerned with debates over definitions of "Jewish literature" (What makes Jewish literatures Jewish?), the significance of Jewish literary and cultural diversity, and Jewish literary navigations between diaspora and homeland, secularism and religiosity. Readings may include Hebrew and Israeli literature, Yiddish literature, Sephardic literature or Jewish literatures of Europe and the Americas. Same as ENGL-255. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing. 4 SH. CC: Diversity, Literary Expression.