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ENG 380 Jewish American Literature and Culture: Home

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What is the history of the Jewish people in America, and how did they express their experience through letters, poems, plays, stories, humor, and songs?  This course will address these questions by studying the writings of the Jewish people in America, from their arrival in 1654 to the present. We will examine how Jewish identity and ethnicity shape literature and culture. Issues to be addressed include exile and displacement, American identity and immigration, ethical responsibility and suffering, humor and language, and trauma and memory.  Using the collection Jewish American Literature: A Norton Anthology, we will read a variety of authors, including Emma Lazarus, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Tillie Olsen, Anzia Yezierska, Saul Bellow, Philip Roth, Cynthia Ozick, Allen Ginsberg, and Art Spiegelman. 


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