Fall 2014


The full course inventory can be downloaded at JSCourseCat2014.

Jewish Mysticism I: Formative Traditions

CAS RN 325 (4 credits)

Analysis of the development of Jewish mysticism from the biblical to the early medieval era. Emphasis on the forms of mysticism--and the texts in which they are embedded--from the rabbinic era. No knowledge of Hebrew is required.

2014FALLCASRN325 A1, Sep 2nd to Dec 9th 2014
Days Start End Type Bldg Room Instructor
TR 12:30:00 PM 02:00:00 PM JSC 201 Katz

American Jewish Experiences

CAS RN 330 (4 credits)

Traces the achievements and reputations of Jews, shaped by stereotypes of wealth, power, intellect and sexuality. Students examine film, literature, art, popular music, attitudes towards Israel, religious practices, and intermarriage rates for evidence of changing trends.

2014FALLCASRN330 A1, Sep 2nd to Dec 9th 2014
Days Start End Type Bldg Room Instructor
TR 11:00:00 AM 12:30:00 PM REL 404 Levine

Mysticism and Philosophy: Jewish and Islamic Perspectives

CAS RN 338 (4 credits)

Thematic introduction to mysticism and philosophy, with a focus on dynamics of religious experience. Readings from medieval Jewish and Islamic philosophy; Sufi mysticism and philosophy; Kabbalah, Biblical interpretation, Sufi poetry, Hebrew poetry from the Golden Age of Muslim Spain.

2014FALLCASRN338 A1, Sep 3rd to Dec 10th 2014
Days Start End Type Bldg Room Instructor
MWF 02:00:00 PM 03:00:00 PM CAS 315 Lobel

The Holocaust

CAS RN 384 (4 credits)

Background of German (and European) anti-Semitism. Rise of Nazism and early oppression, initial Jewish reaction, mechanics of destruction, ghettos, camps, world response and nonresponse, literature of the Holocaust, and religious implications.

2014FALLCASRN384 A1, Sep 2nd to Dec 9th 2014
Days Start End Type Bldg Room Instructor
TR 03:30:00 PM 05:00:00 PM CAS B12 Katz

Religion, Community, and Culture in Medieval Spain

CAS RN 410 (4 credits)

Interactions between Muslims, Christians, and Jews in medieval Europe's most religiously diverse region -- from the establishment of an Islamic al-Andalus in 711 CE to the final Christian "reconquest" of the peninsula and expulsion of the Jews in 1492 CE. Also offered as CAS HI 410.

2014FALLCASRN410 A1, Sep 2nd to Dec 9th 2014
Days Start End Type Bldg Room Instructor
T 03:30:00 PM 06:30:00 PM REL 404 Klepper

Primo Levi Within Holocaust Literature

CAS RN 459 (4 credits)

A study of Primo Levi's writings and scientific, theological, and philosophical approaches to the Holocaust. Other theorists (Arendt, Wiesel, Müller-Hill) and other survivors' testimonies (Delbo, Borowski, Fink) are read in conjunction with Levi's works. Also offered as CAS LI 459 and CAS XL 459.

2014FALLCASRN459 A1, Sep 2nd to Dec 9th 2014
Days Start End Type Bldg Room Instructor
TR 09:30:00 AM 11:00:00 AM GCB 204 Harrowitz

Topics in Religion and Literature

CAS RN 524 (4 credits)

Topic for Fall 2014: Apocalypse and Literature. Literary responses to the biblical book of Revelation, from ancient to modern times. Systematic analysis of the biblical text. Readings from Dante, Langland, Rabelais, Blake, Hölderlin, Dostoevsky, García Lorca, Samuel Beckett, and Flannery O'Connor. Reference to artistic and musical representations of apocalypse. Also offered as CAS XL 560 A1.

2014FALLCASRN524 A1, Sep 3rd to Dec 10th 2014
Days Start End Type Bldg Room Instructor
W 03:00:00 PM 06:00:00 PM STH 317 Costa

Primo Levi Within Holocaust Literature

CAS XL 459 (4 credits)

A study of Primo Levi's writings and scientific, literary, theological, and philosophical approaches to the Holocaust. Other theorists (Arendt, Wiesel, and Müller-Hill) and other survivors' testimonies (Delbo, Borowski, Fink) are read in conjunction with Levi's works. Also offered as CAS LI 459 and RN 459.

2014FALLCASXL459 A1, Sep 2nd to Dec 9th 2014
Days Start End Type Bldg Room Instructor
TR 09:30:00 AM 11:00:00 AM GCB 204 Harrowitz

Topics in Religion and Literature

CAS XL 560 (4 credits)

Topic for Fall 2014: Apocalypse and Literature. Literary responses to the biblical book of Revelation, from ancient to modern times. Systematic analysis of the biblical text. Readings from Dante, Langland, Rabelais, Blake, Hölderlin, Dostoevsky, García Lorca, Samuel Beckett, and Flannery O'Connor. Reference to artistic and musical representations of apocalypse. Also offered as CAS RN 524 A1.

2014FALLCASXL560 A1, Sep 3rd to Dec 10th 2014
Days Start End Type Bldg Room Instructor
W 03:00:00 PM 06:00:00 PM STH 317 Costa

Seminar: Early Jewish Mysticism

GRS RN 625 (4 credits)

Analysis of the development of Jewish mysticism from the biblical to the early medieval era. Emphasis on the forms of mysticism--and the texts in which they are embedded-- from the rabbinic era. No knowledge of Hebrew is required.

2014FALLGRSRN625 A1, Sep 2nd to Dec 9th 2014
Days Start End Type Bldg Room Instructor
TR 12:30:00 PM 02:00:00 PM JSC 201 Katz
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