Seminar 06 - Narratives of Culture and Religion

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ACADEMIC PROGRAM - WEEKLY DESCRIPTION

Week 1 & 2: Thomas Nolden (Wellesley College, USA)

 

This seminar will survey major moments in the historical transformation of Jewish life in modern Europe.  

Starting with the impact of the “promise and practice of emancipation” (Birnbaum & Katznelson), we will discuss how the trajectories of Jewish disaporas were interrupted by the Shoah, and learn how the survivors and their children and grandchildren have been addressing the experience of anti-Semitism in post-war Europe. Using a framework provided by cultural studies, we will focus on the notions of memory, memorialization, and post-memory. Our goal is to understand how present-day Jewish writers have been reflecting the impact of historical events on their communities and families both in their personal accounts and memoirs and in their fictional works.

 

 

 

 

Thomas Nolden

tnolden(at)wellesley.edu

(Wellesley College, USA)

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