Spring 2020

Jewish Identity and MeToo: A Study of Women in Judaism

Listed in: Religion, as RELI-261  |  Sexuality, Women's and Gender Studies, as SWAG-239

Formerly listed as: WAGS-39

Faculty

Susan Niditch (Section 01)

Description

(Offered as RELI 261 and SWAG 239) Ranging from ancient texts to contemporary documentaries, we explore the portrayals and roles of women in Jewish tradition.  Sources include biblical and apocryphal texts; Rabbinic literature; selections from medieval commentaries; letters, diaries, and autobiographies written by Jewish women of various periods and settings; works of fiction; and visual media. An important thread in the course examines contemporary responses to and interpretations of classical sources, as writers and film-makers examine or refashion the tradition in the light of current challenges facing women in Judaism. This discussion course requires participants to prepare a series of closely argued essays related to assigned readings and films.

Spring semester. Professor Niditch.

Keywords

Attention to Issues of Gender and Sexuality, Attention to Speaking, Attention to Writing

Offerings

2020-21: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2009, Fall 2010, Spring 2014, Spring 2016, Spring 2018, Spring 2020