Religious Difference: Jewish Christian And Other Perspectives
King's College London
Area of Study
Taught In English
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits4
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units6
Hours & Credits
OverviewReligious Difference: Jewish Christian And Other PerspectivesModule code: 5AAT2044Semester: Semester 1 (autumn)Module description:Jews and Christians in the modern world were fascinated, scandalized and inspired by religious difference and the challenges it posed to their intellectual, moral, and cultural projects. In this course we will focus on explorations of Jewish life and Jewish-Christian relations in various literary forms: in autobiographies, theatrical plays, travel narratives, ethnographical and polemical works. We will:study classic texts by authors such as Shakespeare, Moses Mendelssohn and Salman Rushdie;analyse how they take up, question and disrupt prevalent representations of ?the other? and themselves;look at related visual material (illustrations, paintings, movies);explore the urban settings of Jewish-Christian contacts in Venice, Amsterdam and London.On the basis of these various levels of inquiry, students will be able to develop a nuanced understanding of Jewish, Christian and other approaches to religious difference as expressed in theoretical terms, narrative creativity and everyday practice.Primary texts (in English translation), relevant secondary literature, visual material and brief lectures will form the basis of class discussions. Essays will allow students to systematically develop their writing skills; marked essays will be returned with comments and discussed in individual tutorials.Sample topicsIntroduction: Shared Territories (Jews and Christians in Antiquity and the Middle Ages)Walls and Gates: Leone Modena?s Venetian autobiographyConversions: Shakespeare?s The Merchant of VeniceWhat Is Tolerance? (Simone Luzzatto, John Locke)Equality and Diversity (Moses Mendelssohn)Transitions (Israel Zangwill, Salman Rushdie)AntisemitismConviviality I: The United StatesConviviality II: Londonhttp://www.kcl.ac.uk/artshums/depts/trs/modules/level5/5aat2044.aspxStudy abroad entry requirement: NoneCredit level: 5Credit value: 15Teaching pattern:Two-hour weekly classes over ten weeks.Assessment: coursework; practical/s;One 2,000-word coursework essay (30%); one 3,000-word final essay (60%); active classroom participation (10%)
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