Contact: Jenni Smith
SMU News & Media Relations
(214) 768-7650

Dec. 2, 2002

JEWISH AMERICAN LITERATURE COURSE OFFERED IN SPRING 2003 FOR MASTER OF LIBERAL ARTS PROGRAM

DALLAS (SMU) -- For the first time, SMU will offer a graduate course focusing on the literary heritage of Jewish writers in America.

The course, available to students in the Master of Liberal Arts program, will be offered in the spring 2003 semester. Martha Satz, assistant professor of English, will teach Jewish American Literature.

The course will trace the roots of American Jewish literature from the Yiddish traditions of the European shtetls, or villages, to the modern American masters such as Saul Bellow, Bernard Malamud and Philip Roth -- Jewish writers who shaped the American literary tradition in the last half of the 20th century. The course also will look at Jewish filmmakers including Woody Allen and Steven Spielberg, who continue many of the Jewish literary traditions in film.

The course will cover immigrant literature from the late 1900s, American Jewish responses to the Holocaust and modern interpretations of ancient themes. Students in the class also will learn about the issues that arise in studying any distinctive ethnic or cultural literature.

Jewish American Literature will be offered on Thursday nights, starting on Jan. 16. The course, which is a three-hour credit for Master of Liberal Arts students, also will be open to non-credit students. Deadline for application to the master's program for spring 2003 is Jan. 2. Deadline for enrolling in the class is Jan. 12.

For more information about SMU's Master of Liberal Arts program, call (214) 768-4273, visit the web site at www.smu.edu/mla, or email mla@smu.edu.


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