Spring 2011 Courses

History   |  MESAAS   |  Religion  |  Germanic Languages and Literatures | Women's Studies  

 

IN THE DEPARTMENT OF HISTORY

History G8630  JEWISH IMMIGRATION 1881-1924
Call Number: 92598 Points: 4
Day/Time:  M 11:00am-12:50pm Location: 311 Fayerweather
Instructor: Gur Alroey
 

The main goal of the present course is to emphasize the common denominator, between those who came to Palestine in the Early 20th century to those who came to the Americas in the same period of time.Therefore, some questions to be discussed during the course: How was the decision to emigrate (whether to Palestine or to some other destination) made? What role did Zionist ideology play in migration to Palestine? What obstacles did the migrants encounter in acting on their decision and how did they overcome them, if at all? 

 

History W4604  JEWS AND THE CITY
Call Number: 10950 Points: 4
Day/Time: M 11:00am-12:50pm Location: 513 Fayerweather
Instructor: Rebecca Kobrin
 

Over the course of the nineteenth century, millions of Jews uprooted themselves from their places of birth and moved to cities scattered throughout the world. In this course, we shall analyze primary source material, literary accounts as well as secondary sources as we examine the Jewish encounter with the city, and see how Jewish culture was shaped by and helped to shape urban culture. We shall compare Jewish life in six cities spanning from Eastern Europe to the United States and consider how Jews' concerns molded the urban economy, urban politics, and cosmopolitan culture. We shall also consider the ways in which urbanization changed everyday Jewish life.

 

History W4611 JEWS AND MUSLIMS IN THE MIDDLE AGES

Call Number: 15801Points: 4

Day/Time: T 4:10pm-6:00pm Location: 401 Hamilton

Instructor: Mark Cohen

 

A seminar on the history of the Jews in the medieval Islamic world, focusing on historiographical issues; the early encounter between Islam and the Jews; the legal and actual status of the Jews within the Islamic state; economy and commercial law; and communal autonomy, with attention drawn to comparison with the Jews in medieval Latin Europe, as well as with Christian communities under Islam. In addition to discussion of secondary readings, classes will focus on the close reading of seminal primary sources in English translation.

 

To contact Professor Cohen, please email him at mrcohen@princeton.edu

 

History W4635 ANCIENT JEWISH TEXTS

Call Number: 27099 Points: 4

Day/Time: T 9:00am-10:50amLocation: 311 Fayerweather

Instructor: Seth Schwartz 

 

Close reading in the original languages of ancient Jewish texts including Aristeas, 1 and 2 Maccabees, selections from Philo and Josephus, selected tractates from Mishnah, Tosefta, Palestinian Talmud and early midrash collections. Permission of instructor required; course may be taken more than once.

 

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IN THE DEPARTMENT OF MIDDLE EAST AND ASIAN LITERTURES AND CULTURES

Middle East G4654 ISRAELI ART OF WAR-THEORY/PRAC

Call Number: 25973Points: 3

Day/Time: T 11:00am-12:50pmLocation: 652 Schermerhorn

Instructor: Uri Cohen

 

As a result of a continuous state of war, Israeli culture arguably presents the most sustained cultural elaboration of war in the West. The course will map and examine the figures, textual and visual, that form the Israeli cultural discourse of war. History and the theory of war form and integral part of the discussion, and serve to elucidate the discursive nature, meaning and place of war in Israeli culture and history in its global context. In terms of theory, the questions revolve around the creation of Jewish military power in the twentieth century in the multiple contexts of Hebrew culture and military theory from Clausewitz to Mao. A major part of the discussion will be dedicated to the question of the regular and irregular warfare and the different cultures of war that participate in the war of 48 and the subsequent struggle for hegemony in the state. The literary and visual texts represent the understanding of war that defines Israel as a country and culture continuously engaged in war.

 

Middle East W1511  1ST YR MOD HEBREW:ELEM II
   Section 001:

Call Number: 92296 Points: 5

Day/Time: MTWR 8:45am-9:50amLocation: 116 Knox

Instructor: Zipora Rubin

  Section 002:

Call Number: 70900Points: 5

Day/Time: MTWR 12:00pm-1:05pmLocation: C01 Knox

Instructor: Rina Kreitman

 

Prerequisite MDES W1510 or the equivalent:  Continued introduction to Hebrew, with equal emphasis on all languages skills. Equal emphasis is given to all language skills. Irregular categories of the Hebrew verb, prepositions and syntax are taught systematically. Vocabulary building. Daily homework includes grammar exercises, short answers, reading, or writing short compositions. Frequent vocabulary and grammar quizzes. (Students completing this course fulfill Columbia College and Barnard language requirement.)

 


Middle East W1513  2ND YR MODERN HEBREW:INTER II
   Section 001:

Call Number: 93747 Points: 5

Day/Time: MTWR 8:45am-9:50amLocation: 307 Mathematics

Instructor: Nehama R. Bersohn

  Section 002:

Call Number: 81349Points: 5

Day/Time: 10:35am-11:40amLocation: C01 Knox

Instructor: Rina Kreitman

 

Prerequisite MDES W1512: Equal emphasis is given to all language skills. Irregular categories of the Hebrew verb, prepositions and syntax are taught systematically. Vocabulary building. Daily homework includes grammar exercises, short answers, reading, or writing short compositions. Frequent vocabulary and grammar quizzes. (Students completing this course fulfill Columbia College and Barnard language requirement.)

 

Middle East W4511  3RD YR MODERN HEBREW II
Call Number: 62195 Points: 4
Day/Time: MTWR 10:00am-10:50am Location: 307 Mathematics
Instructor: Nehama R. Bersohn

 

Prerequisites MDES W4510 or MDES W1515 or the instructor's permission: Focus on transition from basic language towards authentic Hebrew, through reading of un-adapted literary and journalistic texts without vowels. Vocabulary building. Grammar is reviewed in context. A weekly hour is devoted to practice in conversation. Daily homework includes reading, short answers, short compositions, listening to web-casts, or giving short oral presentations via voice e-mail. Frequent vocabulary quizzes.

 

Middle East W4513  READINGS IN HEBREW TEXTS II
Call Number: 69259 Points: 4
Day/Time: TBD Location: TBD
Instructor: TBD

 

Prerequisites MDES W4512 or MDES W1516 or MDES W1515 or the instructor's permission: Students must have a good familiarity with the Hebrew verb system, and the ability to read a text without vowels.

This is an advanced course focusing on development of reading comprehension in literary, journalistic and academic texts. In addition to the texts read by the whole class, each student completes two independent reading projects in his/her area of interest. A weekly hour is devoted to practice in conversation. Daily homework includes reading, compositions, listening to web-casts, or short oral presentations via voice e-mail. Frequent vocabulary quizzes. Two five page reports on the independent reading material.

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IN THE DEPARTMENT OF RELIGION 

Religion V3571  JUDAISM, JEWISHNESS, MODERNITY
Call Number: 63028 Points: 3
Day/Time: MW 2:40pm-3:55pm Location: 201 80 Claremont Ave
Instructor: Jonathan Schorsch

 

Exploration of some of the major statements of Jewish thought and identity from the 19th century into the 21st.

 

Religion W4508  JEWISH PHILOSOPHY AND KABBALAH
Call Number: 63445 Points: 4
Day/Time: R 11:00am-12:50pm Location: C01 80 Claremont Ave
Instructor: Sandra Valabregue-Perry

 

The purpose of this seminar is to study the interactions between two major intellectual trends in Jewish History, the philosophical and the mystical ones. Focusing on the medieval period but not only, we will discuss their interactions, polemics and influences. We will compare Philosophy and Kabbalah in light of their understanding of divine representation and in light of their respective Theology and conception of God.


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 IN THE DEPARTMENT OF GERMANIC LANGUAGES – YIDDISH 

Yiddish W1101  ELEMENTARY YIDDISH I  - Jessica Kirzane
Call Number: 86529 Points: 4
Day/Time: TRF 9:10am-10:25am Location: 411 Hamilton

Instructor: TBD

 

Thorough study of elementary Yiddish grammar, with reading, composition, and oral practice. The cultural and linguistic background of the language is discussed.

 

Yiddish W1102  ELEMENTARY YIDDISH II
   Section 001:

Call Number: 13008 Points: 4
Day/Time: TRF 10:35am-11:50am Location: 413 Hamilton
Instructor: Miriam Hoffman    

With the instructor's permission the second term may be taken without the first. Thorough study of elementary Yiddish grammar, with reading, composition, and oral practice. The cultural and linguistic background of the language is discussed.

 

Yiddish W1202  INTERMEDIATE YIDDISH II
Call Number: 24692 Points: 4
Day/Time: TRF 1:10pm-2:25pm Location: 404 Hamilton
Instructor: Miriam Hoffman

 

Continuing study of grammar on a higher level. Continuing oral practice; readings from texts of significant literary value dealing with important aspects of Jewish life and culture.

 

 Yiddish W3800  READINGS IN YIDDISH LITERATURE (ENG)
Call Number: 16248 Points: 3
Day/Time: W 2:20pm-4:00pm Location: 404 Hamilton
Instructor: Alyssa P Quint

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 IN THE DEPARTMENT OF WOMEN'S STUDIES

WMSTW4302  20TH CENTURY JEWISH WOMEN WRITERS II
Call Number: 08742 Points: 4
Day/Time: T 4:10pm-6:00pm Location: 407 Barnard
Instructor: Irena Klepfisz

 

Examines the memoirs and fiction by American Jewish Women writers from 1939 to the present, with a focus on the relationships between Jewish identity, post-Holocaust consciousness, gender, and class. Writers to be studied include Lucy Dawidowicz, Jo Sinclair, Tillie Olsen, Eva Hoffman, Grace Paley, Helen Epstein, Pearl Abraham, Judith Katz, and Elana Dykewomon.

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Spring 2011 Courses

Spring 2011 Courses

History   |  MESAAS   |  Religion  |  Germanic Languages and Literatures | Women's Studies  

 

IN THE DEPARTMENT OF HISTORY

History G8630  JEWISH IMMIGRATION 1881-1924
Call Number: 92598 Points: 4
Day/Time:  M 11:00am-12:50pm Location: 311 Fayerweather
Instructor: Gur Alroey
 

The main goal of the present course is to emphasize the common denominator, between those who came to Palestine in the Early 20th century to those who came to the Americas in the same period of time.Therefore, some questions to be discussed during the course: How was the decision to emigrate (whether to Palestine or to some other destination) made? What role did Zionist ideology play in migration to Palestine? What obstacles did the migrants encounter in acting on their decision and how did they overcome them, if at all? 

 

History W4604  JEWS AND THE CITY
Call Number: 10950 Points: 4
Day/Time: M 11:00am-12:50pm Location: 513 Fayerweather
Instructor: Rebecca Kobrin
 

Over the course of the nineteenth century, millions of Jews uprooted themselves from their places of birth and moved to cities scattered throughout the world. In this course, we shall analyze primary source material, literary accounts as well as secondary sources as we examine the Jewish encounter with the city, and see how Jewish culture was shaped by and helped to shape urban culture. We shall compare Jewish life in six cities spanning from Eastern Europe to the United States and consider how Jews' concerns molded the urban economy, urban politics, and cosmopolitan culture. We shall also consider the ways in which urbanization changed everyday Jewish life.

 

History W4611 JEWS AND MUSLIMS IN THE MIDDLE AGES

Call Number: 15801Points: 4

Day/Time: T 4:10pm-6:00pm Location: 401 Hamilton

Instructor: Mark Cohen

 

A seminar on the history of the Jews in the medieval Islamic world, focusing on historiographical issues; the early encounter between Islam and the Jews; the legal and actual status of the Jews within the Islamic state; economy and commercial law; and communal autonomy, with attention drawn to comparison with the Jews in medieval Latin Europe, as well as with Christian communities under Islam. In addition to discussion of secondary readings, classes will focus on the close reading of seminal primary sources in English translation.

 

To contact Professor Cohen, please email him at mrcohen@princeton.edu

 

History W4635 ANCIENT JEWISH TEXTS

Call Number: 27099 Points: 4

Day/Time: T 9:00am-10:50amLocation: 311 Fayerweather

Instructor: Seth Schwartz 

 

Close reading in the original languages of ancient Jewish texts including Aristeas, 1 and 2 Maccabees, selections from Philo and Josephus, selected tractates from Mishnah, Tosefta, Palestinian Talmud and early midrash collections. Permission of instructor required; course may be taken more than once.

 

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IN THE DEPARTMENT OF MIDDLE EAST AND ASIAN LITERTURES AND CULTURES

Middle East G4654 ISRAELI ART OF WAR-THEORY/PRAC

Call Number: 25973Points: 3

Day/Time: T 11:00am-12:50pmLocation: 652 Schermerhorn

Instructor: Uri Cohen

 

As a result of a continuous state of war, Israeli culture arguably presents the most sustained cultural elaboration of war in the West. The course will map and examine the figures, textual and visual, that form the Israeli cultural discourse of war. History and the theory of war form and integral part of the discussion, and serve to elucidate the discursive nature, meaning and place of war in Israeli culture and history in its global context. In terms of theory, the questions revolve around the creation of Jewish military power in the twentieth century in the multiple contexts of Hebrew culture and military theory from Clausewitz to Mao. A major part of the discussion will be dedicated to the question of the regular and irregular warfare and the different cultures of war that participate in the war of 48 and the subsequent struggle for hegemony in the state. The literary and visual texts represent the understanding of war that defines Israel as a country and culture continuously engaged in war.

 

Middle East W1511  1ST YR MOD HEBREW:ELEM II
   Section 001:

Call Number: 92296 Points: 5

Day/Time: MTWR 8:45am-9:50amLocation: 116 Knox

Instructor: Zipora Rubin

  Section 002:

Call Number: 70900Points: 5

Day/Time: MTWR 12:00pm-1:05pmLocation: C01 Knox

Instructor: Rina Kreitman

 

Prerequisite MDES W1510 or the equivalent:  Continued introduction to Hebrew, with equal emphasis on all languages skills. Equal emphasis is given to all language skills. Irregular categories of the Hebrew verb, prepositions and syntax are taught systematically. Vocabulary building. Daily homework includes grammar exercises, short answers, reading, or writing short compositions. Frequent vocabulary and grammar quizzes. (Students completing this course fulfill Columbia College and Barnard language requirement.)

 


Middle East W1513  2ND YR MODERN HEBREW:INTER II
   Section 001:

Call Number: 93747 Points: 5

Day/Time: MTWR 8:45am-9:50amLocation: 307 Mathematics

Instructor: Nehama R. Bersohn

  Section 002:

Call Number: 81349Points: 5

Day/Time: 10:35am-11:40amLocation: C01 Knox

Instructor: Rina Kreitman

 

Prerequisite MDES W1512: Equal emphasis is given to all language skills. Irregular categories of the Hebrew verb, prepositions and syntax are taught systematically. Vocabulary building. Daily homework includes grammar exercises, short answers, reading, or writing short compositions. Frequent vocabulary and grammar quizzes. (Students completing this course fulfill Columbia College and Barnard language requirement.)

 

Middle East W4511  3RD YR MODERN HEBREW II
Call Number: 62195 Points: 4
Day/Time: MTWR 10:00am-10:50am Location: 307 Mathematics
Instructor: Nehama R. Bersohn

 

Prerequisites MDES W4510 or MDES W1515 or the instructor's permission: Focus on transition from basic language towards authentic Hebrew, through reading of un-adapted literary and journalistic texts without vowels. Vocabulary building. Grammar is reviewed in context. A weekly hour is devoted to practice in conversation. Daily homework includes reading, short answers, short compositions, listening to web-casts, or giving short oral presentations via voice e-mail. Frequent vocabulary quizzes.

 

Middle East W4513  READINGS IN HEBREW TEXTS II
Call Number: 69259 Points: 4
Day/Time: TBD Location: TBD
Instructor: TBD

 

Prerequisites MDES W4512 or MDES W1516 or MDES W1515 or the instructor's permission: Students must have a good familiarity with the Hebrew verb system, and the ability to read a text without vowels.

This is an advanced course focusing on development of reading comprehension in literary, journalistic and academic texts. In addition to the texts read by the whole class, each student completes two independent reading projects in his/her area of interest. A weekly hour is devoted to practice in conversation. Daily homework includes reading, compositions, listening to web-casts, or short oral presentations via voice e-mail. Frequent vocabulary quizzes. Two five page reports on the independent reading material.

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IN THE DEPARTMENT OF RELIGION 

Religion V3571  JUDAISM, JEWISHNESS, MODERNITY
Call Number: 63028 Points: 3
Day/Time: MW 2:40pm-3:55pm Location: 201 80 Claremont Ave
Instructor: Jonathan Schorsch

 

Exploration of some of the major statements of Jewish thought and identity from the 19th century into the 21st.

 

Religion W4508  JEWISH PHILOSOPHY AND KABBALAH
Call Number: 63445 Points: 4
Day/Time: R 11:00am-12:50pm Location: C01 80 Claremont Ave
Instructor: Sandra Valabregue-Perry

 

The purpose of this seminar is to study the interactions between two major intellectual trends in Jewish History, the philosophical and the mystical ones. Focusing on the medieval period but not only, we will discuss their interactions, polemics and influences. We will compare Philosophy and Kabbalah in light of their understanding of divine representation and in light of their respective Theology and conception of God.


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 IN THE DEPARTMENT OF GERMANIC LANGUAGES – YIDDISH 

Yiddish W1101  ELEMENTARY YIDDISH I  - Jessica Kirzane
Call Number: 86529 Points: 4
Day/Time: TRF 9:10am-10:25am Location: 411 Hamilton

Instructor: TBD

 

Thorough study of elementary Yiddish grammar, with reading, composition, and oral practice. The cultural and linguistic background of the language is discussed.

 

Yiddish W1102  ELEMENTARY YIDDISH II
   Section 001:

Call Number: 13008 Points: 4
Day/Time: TRF 10:35am-11:50am Location: 413 Hamilton
Instructor: Miriam Hoffman    

With the instructor's permission the second term may be taken without the first. Thorough study of elementary Yiddish grammar, with reading, composition, and oral practice. The cultural and linguistic background of the language is discussed.

 

Yiddish W1202  INTERMEDIATE YIDDISH II
Call Number: 24692 Points: 4
Day/Time: TRF 1:10pm-2:25pm Location: 404 Hamilton
Instructor: Miriam Hoffman

 

Continuing study of grammar on a higher level. Continuing oral practice; readings from texts of significant literary value dealing with important aspects of Jewish life and culture.

 

 Yiddish W3800  READINGS IN YIDDISH LITERATURE (ENG)
Call Number: 16248 Points: 3
Day/Time: W 2:20pm-4:00pm Location: 404 Hamilton
Instructor: Alyssa P Quint

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 IN THE DEPARTMENT OF WOMEN'S STUDIES

WMSTW4302  20TH CENTURY JEWISH WOMEN WRITERS II
Call Number: 08742 Points: 4
Day/Time: T 4:10pm-6:00pm Location: 407 Barnard
Instructor: Irena Klepfisz

 

Examines the memoirs and fiction by American Jewish Women writers from 1939 to the present, with a focus on the relationships between Jewish identity, post-Holocaust consciousness, gender, and class. Writers to be studied include Lucy Dawidowicz, Jo Sinclair, Tillie Olsen, Eva Hoffman, Grace Paley, Helen Epstein, Pearl Abraham, Judith Katz, and Elana Dykewomon.

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