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Reading Gender in Judaism (6 points)


Leader: Melanie Landau

Caulfield Second semester 2003 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2004 (Day)

Synopsis: This subject explores a range of questions relating to the interpretation of gender in the Bible and Talmud, such as counter-narratives of women's power, the representation of sexuality, and the construction of masculinity. Drawing in part on methods from contemporary cultural studies, students will be encouraged to engage in close readings of the texts in order to develop personal and persuasive interpretations.

Assessment: Preparation for chevruta study: 10% + a research essay (2500 words): 50% + mid-semester class test focusing on analysis of selected texts: 10% + Take home exam (1500 words): 30%

Contact Hours: 2 1/2 hours seminar per week

Prohibitions: JWC3270

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