Jewish Pasts, German Fictions is the first comprehensive study of how German-Jewish writers used images from the Spanish-Jewish past to define their place in German culture and society. Jonathan Skolnik (UMass Amherst) argues that Jewish historical fiction was a form of cultural memory that functioned as a parallel to the modern, demythologizing project of secular Jewish history writing.
Mark Anderson, Professor of German and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, will moderate. Prof. Anderson is the author of several books on Kafka (Kafka’s Clothes, Reading Kafka) and the editor and translator of contemporary Austrian writers Ingeborg Bachmann and Thomas Bernhard. He specializes in German modernism, contemporary Austrian literature and the theory and practice of translation.
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