Welcome to the course!

Are queers like Jews? Are Jews like queers? We might be accustomed to thinking of queer Jews as a subset of the Jewish community–but to what extent is the diasporic Jewish experience already queer? What parallels do we see between how queerness and Jewishness are policed, especially in gendered terms–and how can the two communities learn from one another in their modes of resistance, connection, and adaptivity? This casual evening class will look at (relatively) recent works of queer theory written by and about Jews to think through these questions and to make sense of the two intersecting categories. We will also consider Transparent and Angels in America–two phenomenally popular explorations of the intersection of the Jewish and the queer–to think through contemporary representations of queer Jewish subjectivity. Join member Annie Atura Bushnell, Assistant Director of Jewish Studies at Stanford, and Rabbi Mychal Copeland for low-key discussion over coffee or tea! Readings will be pre-circulated, but never mandatory–come as you are. Cost is only whatever you’d like to eat or drink during the session. There’s no sign-up required; drop-ins are welcome.

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