Category Archives: Literature

Rutu Modan and Vanessa Davis

urlI have jurutu-modanst published some short reviews of feamle Jewish graphic literature writers.  Check them out on my book blog, Writing About Reading.

The posts are about Rutu Modan’s The Property, her latest novel, Exit Wounds, her first full-length work and a collection of short pieces, Jamiliti and Other Stories, and one post about Vanessa Davis’ wonderfully titled Make Me a Woman. They all have a lot to say about Jewish identity and growing up Jewish, although that is far from their sole purpose. Modan is an Israeli, and Davis was born in Florida. Both writers I will be watching out for in the future.

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The Promised Land: Utopia and Dystopia in Contemporary British-Jewish Culture

The Promised Land: Utopia and Dystopia in Contemporary British-Jewish Culture.

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IN SEARCH OF THE LOST JEWS OF MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE

So the author Stefan Zweig and Charles Steinmetz, the hunchbacked dwarf mathematician, were walking through Vienna at the end of the 19th century. As they passed a synagogue Zweig said, “I used to be a Jew,” to which Steinmetz replied, “I used to be a hunchback.”

Read artilce here in the wonderful new on-line literary journal Lit Hub 

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Jewish Writers of The Twentieth Century

Jewish Writers of The Twentieth Century

 Jewish Writers of the Twentieth Century is both a comprehensive reference resource and a springboard for further study.

This volume:

    • examines canonical Jewish writers, less well-known authors of Yiddish and Hebrew, and emerging Israeli writers
    • includes entries on figures as diverse as Marcel Proust, Franz Kafka, Tristan Tzara, Eugene Ionesco, Harold Pinter, Tom Stoppard, Arthur Miller, Saul Bellow, Nadine Gordimer, and Woody Allen
    • contains introductory essays on Jewish-American writing, Holocaust literature and memoirs, Yiddish writing, and Anglo-Jewish literature
    • provides a chronology of twentieth-century Jewish writers.

Compiled by expert contributors, this book contains over 330 entries on individual authors, each consisting of a biography, a list of selected publications, a scholarly essay on their work and suggestions for further reading.

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Writing Jews in Contemporary Britain

A recording of the whole day of the conference at Birkbeck College, September 11, 2013.

http://backdoorbroadcasting.net/2013/09/writing-jews-in-contemporary-britain/

Writing Jews in Contemporary Britain

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.

The workshop will consist of three two-speaker panels, each panel centred on a particular theme

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Wisse: American Jewish Canon

No Brits on her list.

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