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NCJSS Welcomes Brett Ashley Kaplan

NCJSS Welcomes Brett Ashley Kaplan: "Converged Aesthetics: Blewishness in the Work of Anthony Mordechai Tzvi Russell." Brett Ashley Kaplan received her Ph.D. from the Rhetoric Department at the University of California, Berkeley in 2002 and is now a Professor and Conrad Humanities Scholar in the Program in Comparative and World Literature at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign where she directs the Initiative in Holocaust, Genocide, Memory Studies. She is currently the 2023-2024 Nannerl O. Keohane Distinguished Visiting Professor at Duke and UNC. Her first books, Unwanted Beauty: Aesthetic Pleasure in Holocaust Representation (2007) and Landscapes of Holocaust Postmemory (2011), examine the Shoah's intersections with art and space. Turning to race in art and literature, she has published Jewish Anxiety in the Novels of Philip Roth (2015). She is the editor of Critical Memory Studies: New Approaches (Bloomsbury, 2023) and co-editor (with Anthony Russell and Sara Feldman) of the collection in progress, Blewish: Contemporary Black-Jewish Voices. Her first novel, Rare Stuff was published by Spuyten Duyvil in 2022, and she is at work on a second novel, Vandervelde Downs. She teaches classes in Jewish American Literature in Dialogue with U.S. Minority Cultures, Literary Responses to the Holocaust, Introduction to Theory, Introduction to Holocaust, Genocide, Memory Studies, Memory and Objects, and single author/auteur classes on J.M. Coetzee, Philip Roth, Marguerite Duras and Alain Resnais. A link to the paper can be found at: This seminar is offered in a hybrid format. If you would like to attend via zoom, please register at: The John Hope Franklin Center is located at 2204 Erwin Road, Durham, NC. Free parking is available across the street, at Duke Family Medicine Center (2100 Erwin Road).


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