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Animal and Human in Jewish Culture (3 cr)
Guadalupe González Diéguez
JSTU-J 203 Arts & Humanities Topics in Jewish Studies #31019
MW 1-2:15 (BH 011)

This course explores the boundaries and relations between humans and animals in Jewish culture, from the Bible until our times. Topics covered will include the biblical account of creation; sacrifice; dietary restrictions and vegetarianism; animal rights and Jewish ethics; animals in prophecy and mysticism; fabulous animals (Leviathan, Behemoth); animal golems; the human/animal divide in medieval Jewish philosophy and science; animality, race, and gender; animal and machine; the post-human; artistic and literary representations of humans, animals, and animal/human hybrids (from illuminated medieval manuscripts to contemporary comics, novels, and the visual arts).