Book Talk -- Jewish American Writing and World Literature: Maybe to Millions, Maybe to Nobody
Saul Zaritt, PhD, Associate Professor of Yiddish Literature at Harvard University (and former Friedman Fellow in Jewish, Islamic, and Middle Eastern Studies) will discuss his book Jewish American Writing and World Literature: Maybe to Millions, Maybe to Nobody (2020).
In his book, Zaritt studies Jewish American writers' relationships with the idea of world literature. Writers such as Sholem Asch, Jacob Glatstein, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Anna Margolin, Saul Bellow, and Grace Paley all responded to a demand to write beyond local Jewish and American audiences and toward the world, as a global market and as a transnational ideal. Jewish American Writing and World Literature tracks the attempts and failures, through translation, to find a home for Jewish vernacularity in the institution of world literature.
Erin McGlothlin, PhD (Chair and Professor of German) and Nancy Berg, PhD (Professor of Modern Hebrew Languages & Literatures) will moderate the talk.
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