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This course will provide a broad overview of the ways that gender is used as an analytical tool in the study of rabbinic literature. We will cover traditional historical questions about the roles of men and women in rabbinic society, as well as more recent approaches that focus on how rabbinic ideas about masculinity and femininity are socially constructed through discourses, stereotypes, and practices. All texts in English. No prerequisites. No knowledge of Judaism or rabbinic literature is assumed.

This is an in-person course that follows the published schedule of course meetings and requires attendance at all sessions. Tufts courses are designed to provide high-quality and interactive courses to Tufts and visiting students. For more information about course policies and expectations, please visit

Basic Enrollment Requirements: Unofficial Transcript – High School Diploma or current high school transcript (for high school students only in applicable classes), Bachelor’s Degree, or progress towards a Bachelor’s Degree + 3.0 GPA.

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Remission Eligible: Yes; first day of term; all university policies apply.

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School of Arts & Sciences