Jewish American Literature & Culture

American Studies Seminar: The Promised Land

Syllabus Yiddishkeit Student Pages Resources Laura Leibman

Jews in America
1. "Jewish woman and husband, Tunis, Tunisia. Library of Congress" [LC-USZ62-88331]View

2." Food will win the war." Library of Congress[ LC-USZC4-9866] View

Torah Scroll (Upper Left). Oregon Jewish Museum. View.


Course Description

English 303 introduces students to American studies through an investigation of Jewish American literature and culture. We will trace the transformation of Jewish identity from the early Yiddish immigrant, through the assimilationist period of the 1950s, to the cultural and religious revival of the 1980s and 1990s. The course will take a cultural studies approach: that is, we will read the literature in the context of the art, history, politics, ritual objects, newspapers, architecture, and artifacts that surrounded these writers and inhabit their works. Prerequisites: two English courses at the 200 level or higher, or Religion 152, or any course in American history, or consent of the instructor.


Course Information for English 303

Tuesdays & Thursdays 10:30-11:50, Spring 2004

ETC 207

Professor Laura Leibman

Office Hours: Tuesday 12-1, Wednesday 10-11

Office: (503) 517-7329, Library 382

2004 Laura Leibman Reed CollegeEnglishAmerican Studies Syllabus Yiddishkeit Student PagesResources