Jewish Studies | American Judaism and Popular Culture
J303 | 28422 | J. Carr


American Judaism and Popular Culture
Jessica Carr
JSTU-J 303 Arts & Humanities Topics in Jewish Studies  (3 cr.) #28422
MW 4:00-6:30 p.m.
2nd 8 week course
8 seats are reserved for Jewish Studies students in #28423.
A&H, Jewish Studies History & Society or Religion & Thought course

This course will introduce the popular practice of Judaism in
America and then concentrate on how multiple religious and ethnic
Jewish identities have been represented in American popular culture.
In addition to reading academic and popular text, we will watch a
variety of film and television. The course will ask questions
regarding the relationship between Jews and Americans and how the
representation of that relationship has changed in literature, film,
television, sports and other forms of popular culture. How has
Jewish identity been affected by images of Jews in entertainment and
popular culture? How has American identity changed as a result of
the presence of Jews in America? How have ideas about race and
ethnicity developed in conversation with ideas about Jewishness? The
course will introduce students to ideas about religion and identity
and orient them with a broad sample of primary sources from 20th-
century American popular culture.