Category Archives: Anglo-Jewish Lit

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I am working on a study of Anglo-Jewish drama and in the coming years, as I find some new material about my topic in particular or about Anglo(British)-Jewish Literature in general, I will post it on my website Anglo-Jewish Literature of the Twentieth Century or on this more informal site, J Lit from an Anglo Angle.  There is also a Twitter feed and Facebook page.  I am looking to interact with anyone with an interest in the field.

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Pinter at University of Reading, 1970

Samuel Beckett is “the greatest writer of our time.”

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Howard Jacobson Says It Out Loud

We should be more interested in ourselves as English Jews. ENGLISH . . . JEWS. In the normal daily way of things, of course, we have no choice but to be interested in ourselves as English Jews – it’s as English Jews we live our lives – but it embarrasses us to say so, out loud, or in art, or in whatever other way we might choose to express our self-image.

It becomes the young to be shy and tongue-tied. They don’t, anyway, have anything to say. But we are 350 years old. Isn’t it time we apologized for ourselves a little less; liked ourselves a little more? Isn’t it time we grew up?

Read the whole article: http://www.jewishquarterly.org/issuearchive/article85b0.html?articleid=181

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What Is a Jew?

From David Brauner in Post-War Jewish Fiction

For some Judaism is an innate, inalienable property, for others a learned tradition; for some, a belief system, for others a cultural construct; for some a race, for others a religion; for some a nationality, for others a sensibility; for some a historical legacy, for others a metaphysical state.

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Writing Jews in Contemporary Britain Workshop from September 11, 2013

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From the English at Reading Blog  “A unique workshop entitled ‘Writing Jews in Contemporary Britain’.  Hosted by the Pears Institute at Birkbeck College, University of London, the workshop comprised three panels (two on literature, one on film and television) that covered subjects ranging from the importance of Hendon in contemporary British-Jewish fiction, to the Jewishness of Dr Who (who knew?!).”

Podcasts of the workshop are available:

Dr. Nadia Valman – Anglo-Jewish Literature and the Poetics of  Place

Dr. Ruth Gilbert    – Genes, Shmenes’: Jew-ish Identities in Contemporary British Jewish Writing

Dr. James Jordan  – Either/Neither or a Bit of Both: The Wandering View of British Television’s Image of the Jew

Dr. Nathan Adams – Lolita’s Hidden Heart of Jewishness

Dr. David Brauner – Fetishizing the Holocaust:Transatlantic Connections and Satirical Comedy in Howard Jacobson’s Kalooki Nights

Dr. Bryan Cheyette – British-Jewish Writing and the Challenge of Metaphorical Thinking

Text from pears Institute website:

The workshop’s emphasis is on new and innovative work being undertaken in the field and is intended to provide a forum for presenting and analysing the most recent critical and theoretical approaches to British-Jewish fiction, film, television drama and documentary.

Through the workshop we hope to explore, among other topics, the representation of ‘hyphenated’ British and Jewish identities; the recent history and current state of British-Jewish literary and visual culture; and the relation of that culture to the mainstream in Britain. The seminar will also consider British-Jewish culture in the light of postcolonial thinking and in comparison to the development of Jewish culture in the USA.

Programme

Introduction

David Feldman, Pears Institute for the study of Antisemitism, Birkbeck, University of London

Session 1: Post-War British-Jewish Fiction

  • Nadia Valman  – Anglo-Jewish Literature and the Poetics of  Place
  • Ruth Gilbert  – ‘Genes, Shmenes’: Jew-ish Identities in Contemporary British Jewish Writing

Session 2: British-Jewish Film and Television

  • Nathan Abrams – Lolita’s Hidden Heart of Jewishness
  • James Jordan – Either/Neither or a Bit of Both: The Wandering View of British Television’s Image of the Jew

Session 3: British-Jewish Writing in Relation to Anglophone and World Jewish Literary Production

  • David Brauner – Fetishizing the Holocaust:Transatlantic Connections and Satirical Comedy in Howard Jacobson’s Kalooki Nights
  • Bryan Cheyette – British-Jewish Writing and the Challenge of Metaphorical Thinking

Closing Remarks

Axel Stähler, University of Kent and Sue Vice, University of Sheffield

Seminar co-convenors
David Feldman, Pears Institute for the study of Antisemitism
Axel Stähler, University of Kent
Sue Vice, University of Sheffield

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Jonathan Wilson on being an English Jew

jonathanwilson-biopic“For the British-born novelist and long-standing American citizen Jonathan Wilson, “A Jew can never really be English” without “the abnegation of a certain aspect of your personality.”

http://www.jbooks.com/interviews/index/IP_Weber_English.htm

http://ase.tufts.edu/english/faculty/wilson.asp

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Wisse: American Jewish Canon

No Brits on her list.

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