Folklore | Exploring Jewish Identity Today
F359 | 28037 | J. Cohen
In this course, we will explore the variety of ways people have used
music to describe, inscribe, symbolize and editorialize the Jewish
experience: from biblical times, to cantorial music, to Israeli
popular music, American Jewish hip-hop music and beyond. Although we
will cover much of our material in chronological order, this course
offers more than just a survey of “Jewish music history.” Rather,
music will serve as our window into questions of religious, ethnic,
national and historical identity from biblical times to the present.
A basic familiarity with Judaism, music history, and/or musical
terminology is helpful for the course, but by no means required. All
translations will be provided, and all musical analysis will be
taught and explained thoroughly.
Fulfills COLL Arts & Humanities, CSA