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RLST189Q PO - Queer Theory and the Jewish Question

When Offered: Last offered spring 2020.
Instructor(s): L. Reznik
Credit: 1

This course investigates the historical and political resonances between Jewishness and queerness; and antisemitism and homophobia. It explores what queer theory has to offer to the study of Judaism and Jewishness and how the analysis of Jewish sacred texts and practices might complicate queer theorizing. We will ask what norms around sex, sexuality, gender, bodily practice, and desire come into view from analyzing Jewish religious thought and practice. We will also look at how those norms were contested and revised both inside Jewish communities and in Jewish diaspora’s confrontation with the sex, gender, and sexuality regimes of the dominant culture. We will end by examining some contemporary issues around ‘pinkwashing’ and homonationalism. Course materials may include readings in biblical and rabbinic literature, sexology and psychoanalysis, queer and feminist theory, poetry and fiction, as well as film/tv screenings of Oriented, Paper Dolls, Angels in America, Transparent, and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.
Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
Area 3



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