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Jewish Studies (J ST)

J ST 433 Introduction to Jewish Music and Art (3) Introduction to the study of Jewish music and art from antiquity to the present.

J ST 433 Introduction to Jewish Music and Art (3)

The course will provide an introduction to the importance of art (including architecture) and music to Jewish civilization from the ancient world to the present. The course stresses the way in which Jews have adapted techniques from the peoples around them, and how their art and music have developed under circumstances ranging from almost complete toleration to extreme persecution. Important periods covered including synagogue art and architecture from late antiquity to the Middle Ages; illuminated manuscripts, decorative arts, and songs from the Middle Ages; the emergence of important professional Jewish artists and musicians in the nineteenth century in Europe; Jewish artists in the forefront of political protest art in the early twentieth century; art and music during the Holocaust and to memorialize it; the flourshing of Jewish art and music in both traditional and new forms since World War II. The historical, social, and intellectual contexts of the development of music and art, rather than technical aspects of musical and artistic creation and perception, will be emphasized. In particular, the role of music and art in preserving Jewish pride and identity under two threatening circumstances – periods of persecution where survival was threatened and periods of toleration where conversion and conformity become alluring – will be considered.
In addition to looking at and listening to works of art and music, written texts describing the historical and social contexts and providing information about the works and their creators will be discussed.


General Education: None
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: None
Effective: Summer 2011
Prerequisite: 5th semester standing and one of the following: a previous course in art music or literature or elseJ ST 010

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.

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