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ENG 380 Modern Jewish Literature: Home
Includes fiction, poetry, drama, and memoirs by prominent Jewish authors of the past century
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In this class, we will read and discuss fiction, poetry, drama, and memoirs by prominent Jewish authors of the past century. The reading list will include Elie Wiesel, Cynthia Ozick, Bernard Malamud, Philip Roth, Linda Pastan, Edward Lewis Wallant, Molly Antopol, and others. In addition to close reading of the texts, we will be looking at these works in their social, religious, and historical contexts, as well as in relation to the authors’ lives.