In this 3-unit freshman and sophomore seminar we will read sections of the Hebrew Scripture closely and examine various literary-critical approaches to this seminal and inexhaustible text. These stories can be read in terms of psychological drama, political allegory, ethical treatise, poetic construction, anthropological study, existential parable, and in other fashions that we will examine. Commentaries may include excerpts by Sigmund Freud, Carl Jung, Rene Girard, Erich Auerbach, Robert Alter, Hannah Arendt, Mieke Bal, Leo Strauss, Gabriel Josipovici, Soren Kierkegaard, Martin Luther, Elie Wiesel and others. No German or Hebrew required.
Karen Feldman is Associate Professor of German. She works on aesthetics, critical theory and literary theory.