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Virtual Kallah Zoom Session -- Etgar Keret and 21C. Jewish Writing

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Program in Jewish Culture & Society
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Apr 20, 2020   5:30 pm  
Professor Brett A. Kaplan, Professor Dara E. Goldman
Jewish Culture & Society

An Evening with Etgar Keret

Etgar Keret is one of Israel's leading authors and one of the most internationally prominent fiction writers of his generation. Born in Tel Aviv in 1967, he is the author of The Bus Driver Who Wanted to Be God & Other Stories (2004), The Nimrod Flipout (2006), Missing Kissinger (2008), and The Girl On The Fridge(2008). His books have been best­ sellers both in Israel and abroad and have received international acclaim. His short stories appear in many publications including The New York TimesThe Guardian, Le Monde, and the Paris Review. He has received the Book Publishers Association's Platinum Prize several times, the Prime Minister's Prize, and the Ministry of Culture's Cinema Prize. Over 40 short movies have been based on his stories. His movie, Skin Deep, won First Prize at several international film festivals and was awarded the Israeli Oscar. At the 2007 Cannes Film Festival, he and his wife Shira Geffen won both the Golden Camera award and the SACD screenwriting award for their film Jellyfish. In 2010, he received the Chevalier Medallion of France's Order of Arts and Letters. Etgar and his wife Shira visited UIUC's campus in the Fall of 2010 through the Israel Studies Project.

 Brett Ashley Kaplan currently directs the Initiative in Holocaust, Genocide, Memory Studies and is the immediate past director of the Program in Jewish Culture & Society. She received her Ph.D. from the Rhetoric Department at the University of California, Berkeley in 2002 and is now a Professor and Conrad Humanities Scholar in the Program in Comparative and World Literature at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Her first books, Unwanted Beauty: Aesthetic Pleasure in Holocaust Representation (2007) and Landscapes of Holocaust Postmemory (2011), examine the Shoah’s intersections with art and space. Turning more recently to race in art and literature, she has published Jewish Anxiety in the Novels of Philip Roth (2015).  She teaches classes in Jewish American Literature in Dialogue with U.S. Minority Cultures, Literary Responses to the Holocaust, Introduction to Theory, Introduction to Holocaust, Genocide, Memory Studies, and single author/auteur classes on J.M. Coetzee, Philip Roth, Woody Allen, Marguerite Duras and Alain Resnais.

Dara E. Goldman is the current director of the Program in Jewish Culture & Society and Associate Professor of Spanish, specializing in contemporary Caribbean and Latin American literatures and cultures, gender and sexualities studies and cultural studies. She is the author of Out of Bounds: Islands and the Demarcation of Identity in the Hispanic Caribbean (Bucknell University Press, 2008) and is currently completing a project on how recent Cuban cultural production challenges dominant depictions of the island as a land frozen in time, available for touristic consumption, or as a model of anti-imperial resilience. Professor Goldman has given several presentations recently about Cuban-Jewish literatures and cultures, and is writing about Jewish themes in 21st century Cuban writing.  She also co-organized a symposium on Jews of the Caribbean with Professor Dana Rabin, which has been postponed until Spring 2021.

Meeting ID:  916-9047-1984        

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