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Martin Kevorkian, Chair CAL 226, Mailcode B5000, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-4991

Fall 2005

E 322 • The Sacred and Secular in Contemporary Jewish Literature

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
33110 TTh
11:00 AM-12:30 PM
UTC 4.120

Course Description

This course will examine contemporary Jewish literature from the U.S., France, and Israel, in terms of its relationship (or lack thereof) with Judaism and Jewishness. In this context, we will read well-known works by several major authors from each country. How does their work interpret Jewishness, if at all? Does it redefine the sacred? Conversely, what is the role of the secular in these texts? We will consider these and other questions, taking into account not only nationality, but also gender, ethnicity, and generational differences.

Grading Policy

Active participation 30%
Paper 1, 3-4 pages 10%
Paper 2 (Rewrite), 6-7 pages 20%
Paper 3, 7-8 pages 30%
Oral presentation 10%


Rebecca Goldstein, Mind-Body Problem
Cynthia Ozick, Shawl
Allegra Goodman, Kaaterskill Falls
P. Roth, Counterlife
A. Memmi, Pillar of Salt
Albert Cohen, Book of My Mother
Elisabeth Gille, Shadows of a Childhood
Shulamit Hareven, City of Many Days
A. B. Yehoshua, Lover
Orly Castel-Bloom, Dolly City


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