NES 1950

NES 1950

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2019-2020.

A palimpsest is a manuscript that has been erased and overwritten, upon which traces of the original remain.  This course will examine women of the Bible (such as Eve, Sarah, and Mary) and the ways in which they are erased, overwritten, and reconceptualized in the modern world.  How do modern women in communities such as Haredi Jewish, Amish, and conservative Evangelical interpret these biblical characters and their own power and roles as women in their communities?  We will juxtapose critical reading of biblical texts alongside ethnographic accounts, poetry, art, and film, and essays will approach the questions: in what ways can a text be reused to fit the needs of different readers?  What are the mechanisms of interpretation used to maintain a community's boundaries?

When Offered Fall.

Course Attribute (CU-ITL)
Satisfies Requirement First-Year Writing Seminar.

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Syllabi: none
  •   FWS Session. 

  • 3 Credits Graded

  • 18242 NES 1950   SEM 101

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