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Course Description

Aesthetics of Jewish Life (3 cr.)
Judah Cohen
FOLK-F 634 Jewish Folklore and Ethnology #32522
Monday 9:00-11:30

This course will present both a theoretical and a practical approach to understanding aesthetic value within Jewish life, with a focus on creative activity. What does it mean for people to establish a “Jewish” aesthetic, and how do these claims relate to concepts of history and identity? Through a combination of readings, case studies, and observation, we will explore how people define, display, assert, and challenge ideas of Jewish identity, community and meaning often through the lens of “culture” (in all its ambiguity). Topics may include critical explorations of internal social science-based studies, music, art, language, foodways, dance, folklore, and film.