Classes

    Gender and Judaism in Modern America

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    Spring

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    2020

    Both demographic and cultural reproduction pose critical challenges to minority religions, placing pressure on personal decisions, group dynamics, religious practices, and intergroup relations.  This course follows the navigation of these pressures by American Jews, and the explores formations of gender and sexuality that result.  Topics include marriage, dating and family formation, synagogue life and Jewish ritual, as well as social and political movements that have become vehicles of American Jewish identity: civil rights, second-wave feminism, and Zionism.  Readings include works by Riv-Ellen Prell, Lynn Davidman, Joyce Antler and Sarah Imhoff as well as fiction by Philip Roth and Anita Diamant.
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    Sex, Gender, and Sexuality II

    Semester: 

    Spring

    Offered: 

    2020

    The second of two parts, the course will continue to explore the theoretical articulation of sex, gender, and sexuality in feminist and queer theory, with attention to the role of other differences – racial, ethnic, religious, and differences in physical ability – in contemporary work. Prerequisite: REL 1572 or consent of the instructor.

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    Women, Religion, and the Problem of Historical Agency

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    Spring

    Offered: 

    2020

    This course examines recent scholarship on women in American religious history, focusing particularly on questions of narration, agency and power. We will ask several interrelated questions: How have historians integrated women into narratives of American religious history? Whose stories have they highlighted, and why? How have they conceptualized women as historical agents? We will read major interpretive works as well as theoretical accounts of gender, social structure, and power. Readings will explore the diversity of religious traditions in America, including Puritanism, Judaism, Mormonism, Catholicism, African-American Christianity, evangelicalism, and Islam. Jointly offered in the Divinity School as HDS 2186

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    Mothers, Diviners and Prophets: The Religious Lives of Women in the Hebrew Bible and Ancient Israel

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    Spring

    Offered: 

    2020

    This course reconstructs the religious lives of Israelite women, examining topics such as goddess worship, female religious experts, and family and household religion using biblical and archaeological evidence. It also considers the influence of gender theory in Biblical Studies, including feminist critique and recent work on kinship and matrilineal descent.... Read more about Mothers, Diviners and Prophets: The Religious Lives of Women in the Hebrew Bible and Ancient Israel