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What Makes Jewish Literature Jewish?

May 4, 2022
7:00 pm

Kellogg-Hubbard Library
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Jewish literature is unlike many other literary traditions in that it can be written anywhere. Amherst College professor Ilan Stavans leads us on a journey through Jewish literature from the expulsion from Spain in 1492 to the creation of the state of Israel. Protagonists include Sholem Aleichem, Anne Frank, Elie Wiesel, Grace Paley, Philip Roth, and Amos Oz.

About Ilan Stavans

Ilan Stavans is Lewis-Sebring Professor of Humanities, Latin American and Latino Culture at Amherst College. His most recent books are How Yiddish Changed America and How America Changed Yiddish, Popol Vuh: A Retelling, and Jewish Literature: A Very Short Introduction.

Underwriter: Peter Gilbert Endowment Fund

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