Herstories: Changing Portrayals of Women in Jewish Literature

Top Pick October 3, 2018 Waltham $360.00
Ruth in Boaz's Field(1928) by Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld
Ruth in Boaz's Field(1928) by Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld

Women and gender are spotlighted in Jewish literature from gripping biblical narratives through the latest exciting novels by American Jewish writers. This 10-week course examines texts in which women play major roles, exploring various subtexts, literary dimensions and historical context.

After an introductory conversation about stories in Genesis and the Book of Ruth, this interactive class will read and discuss works including:

  • Yiddish writers Sholom Aleichem and I.B. Singer (in translation)
  • Immigration authors Abraham Cahan and Anzia Yezierska
  • Classics of American Jewish women’s writing such as Tillie Olsen, Grace Paley, Cynthia Ozick, and Rebecca Goldstein
  • A selection of works by younger writers such as Allegra Goodman, Dara Horn, Nathan Englander and Nicole Krauss

Instructor: Professor Sylvia Barack Fishman (who painted the artwork shown)

Financial aid available.

Schedule: Weekly through January 2, 2019 (some weeks are skipped due to holidays; visit hebrewcollege.edu/meah for exact dates)

About Me’ah Select:

Jump into a 10-week, in-depth exploration of a specific theme, text, personality or slice of Jewish history led by our outstanding Me’ah faculty! Targeted to adult learners of all backgrounds, whether you are seeking to take a first step or the next step in your education journey.

Our talented faculty is known for their scholarship and dynamic approach to adult learning, and bring their Me’ah Select classes to life through the study of literature, history, art and original texts and source material.

Taught at the college level, but without papers and assignments, you will dig deeply and gain new perspectives into fascinating topics.

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Wednesday, October 3, 2018, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Hadassah-Brandeis Institute
515 South St
Waltham, MA 02453
$360.00 Per adult

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