German-Jewish Writers from the 1800s to the Present

Thomas Kovach
Thursdays 1 PM - 3 PM (AZ Time)
October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, November 5, 12, 19, December 3, and 10, 2020
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German-Jewish Writers from the 1800s to the Present

Fall 2020
In Session
1 PM - 3 PM (AZ Time)
October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, November 5, 12, 19, December 3, and 10, 2020





This course explores German-Jewish texts starting in the eighteenth century and continuing until the present day. It examines how issues of identity are addressed by the writers, as well as how these writers are viewed by the general (largely non-Jewish) population. Though there is a rich tradition of writings in German by Jewish authors leading up to the early twentieth century and the beginning of the Nazi era, clearly this topic is still overshadowed by our knowledge of the Holocaust. For many Jews throughout the world the notion of a rebirth of Jewish life in Germany was unthinkable, but it has nevertheless taken place; in the 1990s (due mainly to the large influx of emigrants from the former Soviet Union) Germany was home to the world’s fastest-growing Jewish population.

Please Note: Fall 2020 Course Registration Opens Online on Monday, August 10th at 8AM (AZ Time)



  • All Fall 2020 courses will be ONLINE ONLY.
  • Courses will be delivered online via the Zoom video conferencing platform. All courses will be password protected and only available to enrolled students.
  • All class sessions will be recorded and made available to enrolled students for a limited time to assist those who may not be able to attend the live class times.
  • The Humanities Seminars Program reserves the right to cancel any seminar that fails to meet registration minimums. If a course is canceled all students enrolled in the canceled course will receive a full refund.

Required Reading: 

  • Heine, Poetry and Prose (Continuum)
  • Schnitzler, Road into the Open (University of California Press)
  • Kafka, The Basic Kafka (Pocket Books)

The other course readings will be posted in an online class folder by the end of August. These materials will be made available to all enrolled students.

Course Registration

Meet Your Professor

Professor Emeritus
Department of German Studies

THOMAS KOVACH is Professor Emeritus in the Department of German Studies. He got his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature with a German emphasis at Princeton and came to the University of Arizona in 1994, where he headed the German Studies Department from 1994 to 2004. Much of his teaching has centered on German-Jewish issues, both German-Jewish writers and the way Jews have been portrayed in texts by non-Jewish Germans through the ages.


This course will be offered ONLINE ONLY
Classes will be live streamed during the time and dates specified in the course details section above. Instructions about how to access the course online will be sent to all enrolled students before the course begins.

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