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Wartell, Rebecca Instructor

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  • Rebecca Wartell researches Sephardic Jews in the early modern period, with a particular interest in issues of refugees and migration after the Spanish Expulsion. She is interested in the economic and social dynamics between established Jewish communities, religious authority, and exiles. In her teaching, Rebecca specializes in Jewish/Christian and Jewish/Muslim historical interactions, with a particular interest in the Roman Inquisition of the sixteenth century. She has taught courses in Jewish culture and history to students of all ages and backgrounds, and enjoys helping students increase their critical thinking and analytic skills. Rebecca has a Master's degree in Theological Studies from Harvard University and will receive her PhD in History in 2019 from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. She is thrilled to be living in the beautiful state of Colorado, where she is a fourth-generation native.

keywords

  • Sephardic Jews, Sephardic Diaspora, Spanish Inquisition, Roman Inquisition, Mediterranean Studies, Rabbinic texts, Jewish Mediterranean, Jewish migration history, Jewish refugees, Mediterranean trade, Cross-Atlantic Trade, Early Modern Jews,

Teaching

courses taught

  • GSLL 2350 - Introduction to Jewish Culture
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 / Fall 2019 / Spring 2020
    Explores the development and expressions of Jewish cultures across the chronological and geographical map of the Jewish people, with an emphasis on the variety of Jewish ethnicities and their cultural productions, cultural syncretism, and changes, including such issues as sexuality and foodways. Sets the discussion in relevant contexts and looks at cultural representations that include literary, religious and visual texts. Same as JWST 2350.
  • GSLL 2551 - Modern Jewish Literature
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
    Examines Jewish experience through the study of literary texts from around the world, mainly from the 20th and 21st centuries. Discusses issues pertaining to secularism and tradition; diasporas and homelands; modernity and questions of identity raised by the intellectual transitions brought about by political and social emancipation; sexualities; enormous changes wrought by population redistributions, world wars and rapid cultural transformations. Formerly HEBR 2551. Same as JWST 2551.
  • HIST 4454 - Jewish Thought in Modern History
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
    Takes students on a journey from Medieval Spain to contemporary United States to explore how Jews, living in different societies, have attempted to reshape and interpret central Jewish values and beliefs in accordance with the prevailing ideas of their host societies. Focuses on the historical context of each Jewish society that produced the thinkers and ideas considered in this course. Same as JWST 4454.
  • JWST 2350 - Introduction to Jewish Culture
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 / Fall 2019 / Spring 2020
    Explores the development and expressions of Jewish cultures across the chronological and geographical map of the Jewish people, with an emphasis on the variety of Jewish ethnicities and their cultural productions, cultural syncretism, and changes, including such issues as sexuality and foodways. Sets the discussion in relevant contexts and looks at cultural representations that include literary, religious and visual texts. Same as GSLL 2350.
  • JWST 2551 - Modern Jewish Literature
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
    Examines Jewish experience through the study of literary texts from around the world, mainly from the 20th and 21st centuries. Discusses issues pertaining to secularism and tradition; diasporas and homelands; modernity and questions of identity raised by the intellectual transitions brought about by political and social emancipation; sexualities; enormous changes wrought by population redistributions, world wars and rapid cultural transformations. Formerly GSLL 2551.
  • JWST 3202 - Women, Gender & Sexuality in Jewish Texts & Traditions
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    Reads some of the ways Jewish texts and traditions look at women, gender and sexuality from biblical times to the present. Starts with an analysis of the positioning of the body, matter and gender in creation stories, moves on to the gendered aspects of tales of rescue and sacrifice, biblical tales of sexual subversion and power, taboo-breaking and ethnos building, to rabbinic attitudes towards women, sexuality and gender and contemporary renderings and rereadings of the earlier texts and traditions. Same as HEBR 3202 and RLST 3202 and WGST 3201.
  • JWST 3820 - Topics in Jewish Studies
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    Intensive study of a selected area or problem in Jewish Studies. May be repeated up to 9 total credit hours as topics change.
  • JWST 4454 - Jewish Thought in Modern History
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
    Takes students on a journey from Medieval Spain to contemporary United States to explore how Jews, living in different societies, have attempted to reshape and interpret central Jewish values and beliefs in accordance with the prevailing ideas of their host societies. Focuses on the historical context of each Jewish society that produced the thinkers and ideas considered in this course. Same as HIST 4454.
  • RLST 3202 - Women, Gender & Sexuality in Jewish Texts & Traditions
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    Reads some of the ways Jewish texts and traditions look at women, gender and sexuality from biblical times to the present. Starts with an analysis of the positioning of the body, matter and gender in creation stories, moves on to the gendered aspects of tales of rescue and sacrifice, biblical tales of sexual subversion and power, taboo-breaking and ethnos building, to rabbinic attitudes towards women, sexuality and gender and contemporary renderings and rereadings of the earlier texts and traditions. Same as WGST 3201 and JWST 3202 and HEBR 3202.
  • SPAN 4220 - Special Topics in Spanish and/or Spanish American Literature
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    Examines intensively particular topics or issues concerning Spanish and/or Spanish American literature selected by the instructor. May be repeated up to 7 total credit hours. Recommended prerequisites: SPAN 3120 and an additional course above SPAN 3000.
  • WGST 3201 - Women, Gender & Sexuality in Jewish Texts & Traditions
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    Reads some of the ways Jewish texts and traditions look at women, gender and sexuality from biblical times to the present. Starts with an analysis of the positioning of the body, matter and gender in creation stories, moves on to the gendered aspects of tales of rescue and sacrifice, biblical tales of sexual subversion and power, taboo-breaking and ethnos building, to rabbinic attitudes towards women, sexuality and gender and contemporary renderings and rereadings of the earlier texts and traditions. Same as JWST 3202 and HEBR 3202 and RLST 3202.

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