Judaism,Gender, & Religion

Dr. Vial Office:  Iliff 109
Winter 2019 Phone: 303-765-3166
Office Hours:  by appointment E-mail: tvial@iliff.edu

Instructor: Ted Vial

Course Synopsis

The most basic categories we use to form our individual and collective identities are (re-) constructed at the beginning of modernity. Michel Foucault has claimed that sexuality is created in the early 19th century. I have argued that what we think of as religion takes shape at the same time. Leora Batnitzky argues that this is when Judaism becomes "a religion."  Isabel Hull argues that at this time gender becomes less a matter of social role and more a matter of personal essence. (Race and class, too, take shape at this time.) Are these phenomena connected? What does it mean to be female, to be a woman, to be a Jew? Are there specific forms of Jewish masculinity? Through a close reading of (mostly) primary texts by Jewish women from the 17th through the 21st (with focus on the 19th) centuries we will examine the intersection of gender, Judaism, and religion and the modern construction of these categories.

I will schedule a Zoom call with each student towards the end of Week 1, and we will have a group Zoom call (times to be established, we might have to do in 2 sub-groups) during Weeks 2, 5, and 9.

Fishbane, Michael, Judaism: Revelation and Traditions (HarperOne, 1987. ISBN 978-0-06-062655-6)

Glückel of Hameln, Memoirs of Glückel of Hameln , translated by Marvin Lowenthal (Shocken Books, 1977. ISBN 978-0-805-20572-5) (this is the only extant pre-modern Yiddish memoir by a woman--it is wonderful!)

Course Overview


Course Objectives


Jan 07, 2019MonWeek 1 Backgroundsdue by 06:59AM
Jan 08, 2019TueIntroductionsdue by 06:59AM
Jan 08, 2019TueWeek 1 Papersdue by 06:59AM
Jan 09, 2019WedPost brief video introduction heredue by 06:59AM
Jan 10, 2019ThuWeek 1 Discussiondue by 06:59AM
Jan 12, 2019SatTerms/dates/names Week 1due by 06:59AM
Jan 12, 2019SatSign up for 1-on-1 Zoom calldue by 06:59AM
Jan 12, 2019SatWeek 1 Continueddue by 06:59AM
Jan 14, 2019MonWeek 2 Backgroundsdue by 06:59AM
Jan 15, 2019TueWeek 2 Papersdue by 06:59AM
Jan 17, 2019ThuWeek 2 Discussiondue by 06:59AM
Jan 19, 2019SatTerms/dates/names Week 2due by 06:59AM
Jan 19, 2019SatWeek 2 Continueddue by 06:59AM
Jan 21, 2019MonWeek 3 Backgroundsdue by 06:59AM
Jan 22, 2019TueWeek 3 Papersdue by 06:59AM
Jan 24, 2019ThuWeek 3 Discussiondue by 06:59AM
Jan 26, 2019SatTerms/dates/names Week 3due by 06:59AM
Jan 26, 2019SatWeek 3 Continueddue by 06:59AM
Jan 28, 2019MonWeek 4 Backgroundsdue by 06:59AM
Jan 29, 2019TueWeek 4 Papersdue by 06:59AM
Jan 31, 2019ThuWeek 4 Discussiondue by 06:59AM
Feb 02, 2019SatTerm/dates/names Week 4due by 06:59AM
Feb 02, 2019SatWeek 4 Continueddue by 06:59AM
Feb 04, 2019MonWeek 5 Backgrounds due by 06:59AM
Feb 05, 2019TueWeek 5 Papersdue by 06:59AM
Feb 08, 2019FriWeek 5 Discussiondue by 06:59AM
Feb 09, 2019SatTerms/dates/names Week 5due by 06:59AM
Feb 11, 2019MonWeek 6 Backgroundsdue by 06:59AM
Feb 12, 2019TueWeek 6 Papersdue by 06:59AM
Feb 14, 2019ThuWeek 6 Discussiondue by 06:59AM
Feb 16, 2019SatTerms/dates/names Week 6due by 06:59AM
Feb 19, 2019TueWeek 7 Papersdue by 06:59AM
Feb 21, 2019ThuWeek 7 Discussiondue by 06:59AM
Feb 23, 2019SatTerms/dates/names Week 7due by 06:59AM
Feb 23, 2019SatWeek 7 Continueddue by 06:59AM
Feb 26, 2019TueWeek 8 Papersdue by 06:59AM
Feb 28, 2019ThuWeek 8 Discussiondue by 06:59AM
Mar 02, 2019SatTerms/dates/names Week 8due by 06:59AM
Mar 02, 2019SatWeek 8 Continueddue by 06:59AM
Mar 05, 2019TueWeek 9 Papersdue by 06:59AM
Mar 07, 2019ThuWeek 9 Discussiondue by 06:59AM
Mar 09, 2019SatTerms/dates/names Week 9due by 06:59AM
Mar 09, 2019SatWeek 9 Continueddue by 06:59AM
Mar 12, 2019TueWeek 10 Papersdue by 05:59AM
Mar 14, 2019ThuWeek 10 Discussiondue by 05:59AM
Mar 16, 2019SatTerms/dates/names Week 10due by 05:59AM
Mar 16, 2019SatWeek 10 Continueddue by 05:59AM
Mar 23, 2019SatGrade for terms/dates/namesdue by 05:59AM
Mar 23, 2019SatParticipationdue by 05:59AM
Apr 06, 2019SatBackgroundsdue by 05:59AM