Jewish Literature Discussion Group

Posted on June 24, 2010. Filed under: Fiction, Nonfiction |

This past spring semester 2010, the library sponsored a Jewish Literature Discussion Group at the Ray Hartstein Campus.  Community members, students and faculty were all in attendance at this free course, and over 60 participants contributed to a lively discussion in our five-part series.

Through the course of the semester, we read and discussed Lost in Translation: A Life In A New Language by Eva Hoffman, The Centaur in the Garden by Moacyr Scliar, Out of Egypt: A Memoir by Andre Aciman, Kaaterskill Falls: A Novel by Allegra Goodman, and Exodus from the BibleBenjamin Goluboff, associate professor of English and winner of the “Great Teacher Award” at Lake Forest College, was our local scholar, leading the class.

Our discussions were rooted in the themes of estrangement and homecoming, but varied from rigorous textual analysis to philosophical inquiries to varied religious customs.

To learn more about these books, read this essay by Jeremy Dauber, Atran Assistant Professor of Yiddish Language, Literature, and Culture at Columbia University.

-posted by Rose Novil and Jennifer Schwartz

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