116th Annual Conference - Bellingham, Washington
Friday, November 9 - Sunday, November 11, 2018

Jewish Literature and Culture

Session Chair: 
Charles Carpenter, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
Session 7: Sunday 8:15 am – 9:45 am
Miller Hall 114


  1. Nathan Kitchens, The University of Alabama at Birmingham
    Jacob Gordin's The Jewish (or Yiddish) King Lear (1892) represents a culmination of developments in Jewish drama and thought while signaling a change in Jewish social identity. By exploring its development, themes, and performances, one gains a better understanding of modern Jewish society in Europe and America.
  2. Peter Schulman, Old Dominion University
    In Steve Stern's fictional universe, mystical and uncanny folkloric figures such as golems and dybbuks resurface within present-day contexts in order to create chaos on the one hand, but also a type of tikkun on the other. This paper will explore how Stern uses humor to highlight how blazé or jaded contemporary characters can regain their latent spirituality by unexpectedly reconnecting with their Yiddishkeit during these uncanny encounters.
  3. Miryam Sivan, University of Haifa
    Nathan Englanger's short story, "The Tumblers," brings together two distinct worlds that form an uncanny, or even a dissonant, melange. By fusing together the mythic world of the Jewish town of Chelm and the barbarism of the Third Reich, a scenario is created whereby one is, according to Todorov, "confronted with a generalized fantastic which swallows up the entire world of the book and the reader along with it."
Session Cancelled: