Honors | The Wandering Jew
H303 | 35403 | Bronislava Volkova
Second Eight Weeks
TuTh 4:00-6:30 p.m.
Lindley Hall 019
Class meets with SLAV-S 320 and SLAV-S 540
This course leads the student through the tempestuous 20th century
fate of Central European Jewry. It starts with the social and art
situation of pre-WWI, the central role of Vienna and the cultural
environment which constituted a sense of home and rootedness for
Jewish artists and intellectuals of the area. Subsequently, the
course pursues the different solutions sought by Jews under the
pressures of what they perceived as lost homeland after 1918 and
fierce anti-Semitism rapidly developing in Europe. The course
focuses both on lesser known and world-renowned writers of the area,
who wrote predominantly in German, often spent substantial parts of
their lives in more than one country and mostly ended up dispersed
all around the world, carrying their Central European heritage with
them. The transformation of the issue of exile will be a major focus
of this class. Among the world-renowned writers to be studied in the
course are Franz Kafka, Franz Werfel, Peter Weiss, the Nobel Prize
Laureate Elie Wiesel, and the Pulitzer Prize winner Saul
Friedlander, to name but a few. Indirect and direct approach to
exile, inner and outer exile, roots and aftermath will be examined.
All texts will be read in English translation.
For permission information to enroll in this course, please e-
mail Professor Volkova at firstname.lastname@example.org and include your
university ID number.
The class is intended for advanced undergraduates with serious
interest in literary history.