A new book series with Bloomsbury Academic, Comparative Jewish Literatures, focuses on the scholarly analysis of Jewish literatures as a vector and subfield within comparative literature. Consequently, the series signals both how Jewish texts are particular phenomena pertinent to Jewish culture and how these texts are subsumed within national traditions. These different conceptual valences suggest that disciplinary location informs our understanding of comparative Jewish literatures as an object of knowledge. Thus the series targets scholarship pertinent both to Jewish Studies and Comparative Literature.
We seek scholars who examine Jewish writing beyond the U.S. canon, or who frame the American context in relation to America as a broad signifier encompassing languages and traditions in addition to English. We also are interested in analyses that frame Jewish texts in relation to other national traditions, extending the notion of a Jewish literary tradition to encompass Jewish writers in the Americas, Europe, Africa, Israel and the Middle East, Australia, Asia, and the Pacific Islands. Moreover, the series also hopes to include scholarship that repositions Judaism's ancient, medieval, and early modern religious writers in relation to modern Jewish secularism. Thus proposals might engage themes such as:
- Gender and the Jewish text
- Halakhah, Kabbalah and Haskalah as precursors to Jewish literary modernities
- Jewish writers in relation to their non-Jewish counterparts
- Intermedial intersections within Jewish texts
- Transnationalism in relation to Jewish writing
- cultural memory, the Holocaust and literature
- Bible and modern literatures
- Jewish texts examined within national traditions
- cosmopolitanism and its relationship to Jewish literatures
- philosophical underpinnings of a comparative Jewish literary approach
- the Jewish text and the literary critic
- exile and the Jewish writer
Comparative Jewish Literatures encourages submissions from leading and established scholars as well as early career academics. If you have a proposal that you think may be suitable for the series, please feel free to submit a one page description to the series editor, Kitty Millet, for more information, and further instruction. You can also email her (email@example.com) for any further questions.
Professor Kitty Millet | Professor of Jewish Studies | San Francisco State University | 1600 Holloway Ave | HUM 415 | San Francisco | California | 94132