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Spring 2018-2019
* AMS 331 / JDS 332 (HA)   na, npdf

Jewishness, Indigeneity, and Race in the Americas

Rachel Rubinstein

What can looking at Jewishness and indigenousness -- two categories of identity that in the colonial framework were mutually imagined and constituted -- tell us about racial formation, nationhood, and belonging in the Americas? Adopting a multilingual, multi-generic and pan-American approach, we will examine texts from the 16th century through today that yoke Jews and Native peoples together in complex ways. We will explore themes of empire, immigration and colonial expansion, nationalism and sovereignty, diaspora and trauma, passing, performance and self-fashioning; language loss and revival, translation and appropriation.

Sample reading list:
Menassah Ben Israel, The Hope of Iarael ("The Narrative of Antonio Montezinos")
Mordechai Manuel Noah, She Would be a Soldier, selected writings
O.Penn/A. De Piedra-Bueno/E. Thoron and F. London, Hatuey
Mario Vargas Llosa, El Hablador/ The Storyteller
Maryse Conde, I Tituba, Black Witch of Salem
Jonathan Boyarin, The Unconverted Self: Jews, Indians, and the Identity of...
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Two Short Papers (5-7 pp); Final Project (12-15 pp); Class presentation(s): weekly report-outs on supplementary readings, final presentation on final project

Requirements/Grading:
Papers - 40%
Oral Presentation(s) - 20%
Term Paper(s) - 25%
Class/Precept Participation - 15%

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
42316 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm T        Enrolled:2 Limit:15