Folklore | Jewish Folklore & Ethnology
F634 | 25353 | Cohen


This course presents an introduction to the history, methods, theory
and literature associated with the ethnographic study of Jewish
populations.  Through close readings of both classic and recent
ethnographic works from the past century, students will address
broader questions of fieldwork and ethnography—including questions
of nationality, modernity, marginality and diaspora—as well as
issues more specific to the framing of Jews within an ethnographic
gaze.  Topics will include pre-World War II Jewish folklore and
ethnography research; the development of ethnographic fieldwork in
Israel; explorations of Jewish religious life; music; film;
storytelling; and the value of comparative study with other
populations.