115th Annual Conference - Honolulu, Hawaii
Friday, November 10 - Sunday, November 12, 2017

Jewish Literature and Culture

Session Chair: 
Craig Svonkin, Metropolitan State University of Denver
Session 9: Sunday 8:15 – 9:45 am
Henry 104


  1. Aviv Meltzer, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
    Except for the purposes of prayer, the Hebrew language was not spoken for nearly 2000 years. Eliezer Ben-Yehuda decided that the time had come to change that situation and foresaw the need for a national language in Israel even before there was a state.
  2. Charles Carpenter, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
    Ozsvath and Hatley argue that beyond all plots, Holocaust literature is ethical and philosophical. So what kind of ethic is assumed? Biblical literature and Emmanuel Levinas are the appropriate touchstones to discover important, universal themes missed in Holocaust literature.
  3. Megan Reynolds, University of Oregon
    This essay examines Amy Kurzweil’s graphic memoir Flying Couch and the intergenerational transmission of trauma. Kurzweil depicts the conflation and the separation between generations after the Holocaust. She uses maps to ground her story locationally and temporally, but she also “maps” her own journey for a sense of self as both a Jewish woman and a granddaughter of a Holocaust survivor.     
  4. Judith Paltin, University of British Columbia
    This paper suggests Singer was interested in exploring the habitus of Jewish community, and especially its retrospections and regrets when it allies against or persecutes nonnormative persons in body, gender, or sexuality. These dynamics resonate today, when scapegoating functions as normalized repertoire in mainstream political discourse. In a wider sense, then, Singer asks challenging questions of governments and global movements, under the miniaturized model of shtetl life.
Session Cancelled: