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Course Description

Jewish History in (Auto) Biography (3 cr)
Noam Zadoff
HIST-J 300 Seminar in History (7053)
M 4:00-6:30 (BH 335)
CASE S&H, IW; may be repeated with a different topic & the authorization of the HIST UG Advisor for a total of 6 credit hours

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Biography and autobiography are among the most popular and best selling genres of historical writing. In this course we will explore (auto)biography as a prism through which history can be understood. We will ask questions about the meaning of living and writing Jewish lives throughout history, reading chapters of biographical literature of Jews like Jesus of Nazareth, Rabbi Israel Baal Shem Tov, Salomon Maimon, Rahel Varnhagen, Theodor Herzl, David Ben Gurion, Gershom Scholem, Golda Meir, Ariel Sharon and many more.

Through experimenting with biographical writing ourselves we will explore the complex relationship between the author of an (auto)biography and its protagonist, and try to understand what is it in the lives of women and men, who lived and died long ago, that it is still relevant for us today.