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Vorlesungsverzeichnis >> Zentrale und wissenschaftliche Einrichtungen >> Zentrum für Interreligiöse Studien (ZIS) >>

  Antisemitism in English and American Literature and Culture [Import]

Dozentinnen/Dozenten
Prof. Dr. Christoph Houswitschka, Prof. Dr. Pascal Fischer

Angaben
Hauptseminar, 2 SWS, ECTS-Studium, ECTS-Credits max.: 8
Englischsprachig, Erweiterungsbereich
Zeit und Ort: Mi 18:00 - 20:00, MG1/02.05

Voraussetzungen / Organisatorisches
1. Module Allocation:
BA Anglistik/Amerikanistik:
Vertiefungsmodul Literaturwissenschaft: Seminar (8 ECTS)

Vertiefungsmodul Kulturwissenschaft: Seminar (8 ECTS)

BA Anglistik/Amerikanistik (bis einschließl. Studienbeginn zum WS 2008/09):
freie Erweiterung: Seminar 6 ECTS

LA GY:
Vertiefungsmodul Literaturwissenschaft: Seminar (8 ECTS)
Vertiefungsmodul Kulturwissenschaft. Seminar (8 ECTS)

MA English and American Studies:
Master Module English and American Literature: Seminar (8 ECTS)
Master Module British and American Culture: Seminar (8 ECTS)
Profile Module English and American Literature I-VI: Seminar (8, 6, 5 or 4 ECTS)
Profile Module British and American Culture I-VI: Seminar (8, 6, 5 or 4 ECTS)

Consolidation Module English and American Literature I-IV: Seminar (8, 6, 5 or 4 ECTS)
Consolidation Module British and American Culture I-IV: Seminar (8, 6, 5 or 4 ECTS)

Erweiterungsbereich English and American Studies:
Master Module or Profile Module I or III English and American Literature: Seminar (8 ECTS)
Master Module or Profile Module I or III British and American Culture: Seminar (8 ECTS)

Erasmus and other visiting students:
Seminar (6 or 8 ECTS)

BA-Hauptfach Jüdische Studien:
B/H 2a+b (Einführung in die jüdische Religionsgeschichte)
A/H 1a+1b+1 Sternchen (Jüdische Religionsgeschichte)
V/H 1 (Jüdische Literatur, Kunst und Kultur)

BA-Nebenfach Jüdische Studien und Judaistik 45:
A/N-45 1+2 Sternchen (Jüdische Religionsgeschichte)
V/N-45 2a+3a (Sprache und Literatur)

BA-Nebenfach Jüdische Studien und Judaistik 30:
A/N-30 1+2 Sternchen (Jüdische Religionsgeschichte)

2. (De)Registration:
in FlexNow! (except for guest auditors): 01.10.2018 (10:00) - 10.01.2019 (23:59)
guest auditors: please contact lecturer

Inhalt
While Britain and the United States have contributed greatly to the promotion of liberal ideals like justice, tolerance and equality, one should not ignore the ugly underbelly of narrow-mindedness, prejudice and bigotry that has also existed. That anti-Semitism has proved to be one of the most enduring and baneful forms of hostility can partly be attributed to its ability to transform – “like a virus, it mutates,” as Jonathan Sacks, the former Orthodox Chief Rabbi of the UK, put it in a speech in the House of Commons on September 13, 2018.
This advanced seminar in literary and cultural studies will look at many of the mutations of the disease from the early modern period until today. Christian anti-Judaism did not only decry the Jewish religion as callous and legalistic, but accused its followers of blindness, stubbornness and clannishness. Ultimately, Jews were blamed for the death of Christ. Racial forms of anti-Semitism, which developed in the course of the 19th century, elaborated on these ancient prejudices, hallucinating about unsavory Jewish character traits, filthy bodies and licentious practices. The irrational character of anti-Jewish racism is nowhere better illustrated than in the grand conspiracies Jews were suspected of scheming.
Drawing upon a plethora of texts and phenomena, the seminar will elucidate these elements in their historical contexts. Questions addressed in the seminar include, but are not limited to, the following: How is the issue of Jewishness and anti-Semitism negotiated in William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice? In what way did nineteenth-century physiognomic theories reflect anti-Semitic ideas? To what extent does Charles Dickens' character Fagin in Oliver Twist epitomize anti-Semitic stereotypes? What was the impact of the The Protocols of the Elders of Zion on early-twentieth century attitudes towards the Jews? What role did Henry Ford play in the promotion of anti-Semitism in the US? Who followed Nazi ideology in Britain and the US in the 1930s and ‘40s? What Jewish institutions combatted anti-Semitism in America? How has anti-Semitism been portrayed by Jewish-American authors? What are the connections between anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism? What is the debate about Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn's anti-Semitism all about?

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ECTS-Informationen:
Credits: 8

Zusätzliche Informationen
Erwartete Teilnehmerzahl: 15

Institution: Zentrum für Interreligiöse Studien / Centre for Interreligious Studies der Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg (ZIS)

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