112th Annual Conference - Riverside Convention Center, California
Friday, October 31 - Sunday, November 2, 2014

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Jewish Literature and Culture I

Session Chair: 
Laurence Dumortier, UC Riverside
Session 7: Saturday 1:45-3:15pm
RCC Meeting Room 7


  1. Joyce Moser, Stanford University
    The Daily Forward, edited from 1903 to 1946 by Abraham Cahan, had an advice column for immigrants, A Bintel Brief. A combination of open forum, behavioral advice, cultural anthropology, encouragement, and acerbic commentary, it simultaneously validated the trauma of immingration and forefronted the transition to a new culture.
  2. Caitlin Simmons, San Diego State University
    This paper seeks to view failed assimilation through the lens of addiction. It asserts that Anzia Yezierska's Bread Givers ends on a definitively sad note where a successful assimilation is thwarted by a daughter's reaching out to her father just before he hits a necessary "rock bottom."
  3. Enrico Orsingher, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris, France
      Focusing our attention on the extraordinary story of a man who lived between two ages - the European Old Regime and the American nineteenth century - this paper wants to analyze the weight of the Jewish identity and the forced conversion in Lorenzo Da Ponte's human and intellectual trajectory.  
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