The workshop’s emphasis is on new and innovative work being undertaken in the field and is intended to provide a forum for presenting and analysing the most recent critical and theoretical approaches to British-Jewish fiction, film, television drama and documentary.
Through the workshop we hope to explore, among other topics, the representation of ‘hyphenated’ British and Jewish identities; the recent history and current state of British-Jewish literary and visual culture; and the relation of that culture to the mainstream in Britain. The seminar will also consider British-Jewish culture in the light of postcolonial thinking and in comparison to the development of Jewish culture in the USA.
David Feldman, Pears Institute for the study of Antisemitism, Birkbeck, University of London
Session 1: Post-War British-Jewish Fiction
- Nadia Valman – Anglo-Jewish Literature and the Poetics of Place
- Ruth Gilbert – ‘Genes, Shmenes’: Jew-ish Identities in Contemporary British Jewish Writing
Session 2: British-Jewish Film and Television
- Nathan Abrams – Lolita’s Hidden Heart of Jewishness
- James Jordan – Either/Neither or a Bit of Both: The Wandering View of British Television’s Image of the Jew
Session 3: British-Jewish Writing in Relation to Anglophone and World Jewish Literary Production
- David Brauner – Fetishizing the Holocaust:Transatlantic Connections and Satirical Comedy in Howard Jacobson’s Kalooki Nights
- Bryan Cheyette – British-Jewish Writing and the Challenge of Metaphorical Thinking
Axel Stähler, University of Kent and Sue Vice, University of Sheffield
David Feldman, Pears Institute for the study of Antisemitism
Axel Stähler, University of Kent
Sue Vice, University of Sheffield