Jewish writing is often said to be in decline, at least since the passing of the great wave of second-generation American Jewish immigrants. At the same time, it is often argued today that Jewish writing has never been more diverse and multivalent. To that end, our scholars will also be distinguishing new directions for Jewish writers and Jewish literary studies.
The symposium will feature presentations by:
Sarah Phillips Casteel, Carleton University, author of Calypso Jews: Jewishness in the Carribbean Literary Imagination
Dean Franco, Wake Forest University, author of Race, Rights, and Recognition: Jewish American Literature Since 1969
Benjamin Schreier, Penn State University, author of The Impossible Jew: Identity and the Reconstruction of Jewish American Literature
Dalia Kandiyoti, City University of New York, author of Migrant Sites: America, Place, and Diaspora Literature