ENGL 2585

ENGL 2585

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2020-2021.

The rap superstar Drake, comedian Ilana Glazer, and muscleman Zac Efron are just three of the millennial Jewish stars examined in this course. We will ask how millennial Jewish stars depict Jewishness in terms of race, gender, sexuality. For instance, why has the rapper Lil Dicky chosen such an emasculating stage name, and why does Ilana Glazer embrace the outdated racial term "Jewess?" How do these names use historical Jewish stereotypes to fuel present-day comedy? We will trace racial, gendered, and sexual tropes about Jews from 19th-century theater to the newest YouTube sketches. We'll cluster these media around themes like women's pleasure, Jewish identity, cultural appropriation, anti-Semitism, and millennial financial struggles. We'll laugh hard, learn a lot, and see today's media through new eyes.

When Offered Spring.

Distribution Category (CA-AS, ALC-AS, SCD-AS)

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  • 19083 ENGL 2585   LEC 001

    • TR Online Meeting
    • Feb 8 - May 14, 2021
    • Branfman, J

  • Instruction Mode: Online