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C LIT 240 D: Writing In Comparative Literature

Crisis and Identity in Modern Jewish fiction

Summer Term: 
Meeting Time: 
MTWThF 1:10pm - 3:20pm
PCAR 293
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This section focuses on the theme of crisis and identity in modern Jewish fiction, with much attention to close reading and narrative techniques. The writers are Jewish but their writing deals with universal problems: ethnic or religious identity; the power of religious faith; immigration and immersion; personal development and demise; weak men and powerful women. We will be reading in English stories and novellas by twentieth century Jewish writers from different cultures and continents: Berkowitz and Liebrecht (Hebrew), Roth and Bellow (English), Singer (Yiddish), Kafka (German). The ultimate goal is to produce an interesting, precise, well-grounded, and well-articulated analysis of literary texts while making use of the approaches and techniques of Comparative Literature.

Catalog Description: 
Comparative approach to literature and a workshop in writing comparative papers in English. Emphasis on cross-cultural comparison of literary works. Readings in English with an option to read selected texts in the original languages Offered: AWSp.
GE Requirements Met: 
English Composition (C)
Writing (W)
Other Requirements Met: 
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April 28, 2016 - 9:19am