Faculty Profile

Edward Merwin

Part-time Associate Professor of Religion; Director of The Milton B. Asbell Center for Jewish Life(2001)

Contact Information

merwin@dickinson.edu

Asbell Center
717.245.1636

Bio

His teaching interests are in American Jewish history and popular culture, with a particular focus on the Lower East Side and Yiddish culture. His current research centers on Jewish-themed Broadway plays, and on the history of the Jewish deli in America.

Education

  • B.A., Amherst College, 1990
  • M.A., Hunter College of the City University of New York, 1998
  • Ph.D., 2002

2015-2016 Academic Year

Fall 2015

ENGL 366 Modern African-American Drama
This course traces the evolution of African-American drama from the early twentieth century to the present, with particular emphasis on how both black and white dramatists have grappled with sweeping changes in the social and political context of African-American life. Among the plays that we will study are George Gershwin's opera "Porgy and Bess," Lorraine Hansberry's "A Raisin in the Sun," Ntozke Shange's "for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf," August Wilson's "Fences," and George C. Wolfe's "The Colored Museum." The course will include a field trip to an African-American play or musical in New York or Philadelphia.

Spring 2016

WGST 201 Jewish Masculinities
Cross-listed with JDST 216-01 and RELG 241-01.From Samson to Seinfeld, how has Jewish masculinity been constructed? This course surveys Biblical, rabbinic, early modern, modern and postmodern sources to examine the manifold forms that Jewish masculinity has assumed throughout history. In the latter part of the course, we will analyze representations of Jewish men in film and television, with particular attention to the influence of the feminist movement, the effects of acculturation, and the differences between American and Israeli male stereotypes.

JDST 216 Jews & Fashion
Cross-listed with RELG 241-02.

JDST 216 Jewish Masculinities
Cross-listed with RELG 241-01 and WGST 201-04.From Samson to Seinfeld, how has Jewish masculinity been constructed? This course surveys Biblical, rabbinic, early modern, modern and postmodern sources to examine the manifold forms that Jewish masculinity has assumed throughout history. In the latter part of the course, we will analyze representations of Jewish men in film and television, with particular attention to the influence of the feminist movement, the effects of acculturation, and the differences between American and Israeli male stereotypes.

RELG 241 Jewish Masculinities
Cross-listed with JDST 216-01 and WGST 201-04.From Samson to Seinfeld, how has Jewish masculinity been constructed? This course surveys Biblical, rabbinic, early modern, modern and postmodern sources to examine the manifold forms that Jewish masculinity has assumed throughout history. In the latter part of the course, we will analyze representations of Jewish men in film and television, with particular attention to the influence of the feminist movement, the effects of acculturation, and the differences between American and Israeli male stereotypes.

RELG 241 Jews & Fashion
Cross-listed with JDST 216-02.