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

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Jewish Literature and Culture II

Session Chair: 
Laurence Dumortier, UC Riverside
Session 8: Saturday 3:30-5:00pm
RCC Meeting Room 7


  1. Clare Rolens, Palomar College
    In my paper, I read black to white passing in Jewish-American author Vera Caspary's first novel, The White Girl, (1929), through the lens of Jewish identity's relationship to advertising and consumer culture.  
  2. Jennifer Bradshaw, Angelo State University
    In Steve Stern's The North of God, storytelling becomes the source of life as the characters find themselves faced with tragic circumstances.  The novella involves a story within a story when Velvl fictionalizes a story about his childhood friend Hershel, as Velvl is aboard a boxcar heading for the death camps.  The story of Hershel involves his accidental invoking of and marriage to a demoness, and the resulting internal conflicts that arise due to the event. 
  3. Leticia Villasenor, University of Southern California
    For the past several decades, various competing and contested narratives and debates have defined the collective memory of France’s actions during the Holocaust. By examining Jacques Derrida’s aporia of forgiveness, I hope to further explore the symbiotic relationship between political discourse and collective memory and how this affects the reconciliation process in postwar France. 
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