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

2014-2015 Academic Year

Fall 2014

JDST 316 Jews and Food
Cross-listed with RELG 316-01. Every Jewish holiday, it has been said, can be summed up in the following way: "They tried to kill us. We won. Let's eat!" Despite the satirical jab of this quote, food certainly plays a central role in both Jewish religion and culture. Students will investigate the meaning of Jewish food from historical, sociological, anthropological and literary viewpoints, including an examination of the representation of Jewish food in popular culture. The course will also include a cooking class on Jewish food and a trip to Baltimore to a kosher Chinese restaurant.

RELG 316 Jews and Food
Cross-listed with JDST 316-01. Every Jewish holiday, it has been said, can be summed up in the following way: "They tried to kill us. We won. Let's eat!" Despite the satirical jab of this quote, food certainly plays a central role in both Jewish religion and culture. Students will investigate the meaning of Jewish food from historical, sociological, anthropological and literary viewpoints, including an examination of the representation of Jewish food in popular culture. The course will also include a cooking class on Jewish food and a trip to Baltimore to a kosher Chinese restaurant.

Spring 2015

AMST 101 American Jewish Literature
Cross-listed with JDST 216-02 and RELG 241-01. We will read poetry, drama, fiction and essays from a variety of authors who write about the Jewish experience. Among the writers we will study are Abraham Cahan, Bernard Malamud, Anne Roiphe, Philip Roth, Neil Simon and Michael Chabon. We will examine multiple perspectives of what it means to be Jewish in America.

JDST 216 American Jewish Literature
Cross-listed with AMST 101-01 and RELG 241-01. We will read poetry, drama, fiction and essays from a variety of authors who write about the Jewish experience. Among the writers we will study are Abraham Cahan, Bernard Malamud, Anne Roiphe, Philip Roth, Neil Simon and Michael Chabon. We will examine multiple perspectives of what it means to be Jewish in America.

RELG 241 American Jewish Literature
Cross-listed with AMST 101-01 and JDST 216-02. We will read poetry, drama, fiction and essays from a variety of authors who write about the Jewish experience. Among the writers we will study are Abraham Cahan, Bernard Malamud, Anne Roiphe, Philip Roth, Neil Simon and Michael Chabon. We will examine multiple perspectives of what it means to be Jewish in America.