A conversation on Leona Toker’s new book Gulag Literature and the Literature of Nazi Camps: An Intercontexual Reading (Indiana University Press, 2019) -- Tuesday, February 9, 2021, 1:00PM (EST)
With: Leona Toker, Professor of English, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem; Naomi Mandel, Ann and Joseph Edelman Chair in American Studies in the Department of English, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem; and Amos Goldberg, Jonah M. Machover Chair in Holocaust Studies in the Department of Jewish History and Contemporary Jewry, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Leona Toker's book, Gulag Literature and the Literature of Nazi Camps, performs an intercontexual reading, one against each other, of narratives and texts documenting writers' experiences of repression under the Soviet and the Nazi regimes. Naomi Mandel and Amos Goldberg will discuss with Toker the twofold analysis she presents in her book: what narrative qualities have emerged in the light of the unique historical background of each of these regimes - the similarities and differences; how the prominent features of one text shed light on the veiled features and methods of the other; and what is the new meaning obtained during the double reading that takes place during the passage of time.
“Encounters”: this event is held simultaneously in Amherst and Jerusalem in collaboration with the Avraham Harman Research Institute of Contemporary Jewry at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
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