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The World of Jewish Literature

In the Suburbs

The World of Jewish Literature

Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm

It’s a pleasure for Spertus Institute to partner with North Suburban Synagogue Beth El to offer this four-part, wide-ranging exploration of Jewish literature.

This mini-course takes place at:
North Suburban Synagogue Beth El 
1175 Sheridan Road, Highland Park

Wednesday, July 9
A Pessimistic Ideologue: Y.H. Brenner and Hebrew Literature
Todd Hasak-LowyTaught by Todd Hasak-Lowy, this session looked at the work of Hebrew literary figure Y.H. Brenner, using his 1910 short story “Nerves” as a focal point. Todd Hasak-Lowy earned his PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of Here and Now: History, Nationalism, and Realism in Modern Hebrew Fiction, as well as three books of fiction.

Wednesday, July 16
Songs From Another Synagogue: Jewish Poetry and Jewish Identity
Eric SelingerThis session, taught by Eric Selinger, explored modern Jewish poetry that transmits and transforms Jewish culture. Eric Selinger is Professor of English at DePaul University, where he teaches courses on poetry, pedagogy, and popular romance fiction. His books and edited collections include Jewish American Poetry: Poems, Commentary, and Reflections and he writes about Jewish American poets for a number of publications. Each spring, he performs with the Purim parody rock band, the Alte Rockers, at Evanston’s Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation.

Wednesday, July 23
Representing the Holocaust: From Survivor Stories to Fiction
Phyllis LassnerTaught by Phyllis Lassner, this session will explore representations of the Holocaust in literature. Phyllis Lassner is Professor in the Crown Center for Jewish Studies at Northwestern University, where she also serves in the Gender Studies and Writing departments. A widely published author, her most recent book is Anglo-Jewish Women Writing the Holocaust.

Wednesday, July 30
On War and Peace in Israeli Poetry
Rachel S. HarrisTaught by Rachel S. Harris, this session will explore Israeli attitudes toward war and peace through the works of poets and writers. Rachel Harris is Assistant Professor of Israeli Literature and Culture at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Her recent publications include articles in the journals Israel Studies, Symbolism, and Modern Jewish Studies.


The July 23 session is made possible with support from the Bernard and Rochelle Zell Center for Holocaust Studies at Spertus Institute.