A lecture by Josh Lambert, Assistant Professor of English at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Monday, March 2, 2015 @ 7:30 P.M.
Shir Tikvah Congregation
1360 W. Minnehaha Pkwy.
Minneapolis, MN 55419
This event is free and open to the public
The turn of the millennium saw a remarkable boom in the production of Jewish literature in the United States. A generation of young writers including Nathan Englander, Michael Chabon, Jonathan Safran Foer, Dara Horn, Gary Shteyngart, and Nicole Krauss quickly achieved a level of national celebrity and critical acclaim in a way that seemed to echo a similar development in the mid-20th century, when Saul Bellow, Philip Roth, Grace Paley, Isaac Bashevis Singer, and Cynthia Ozick collectively rose to national prominence. Why did this sort of fiction attract so much attention, once again, particularly at the dawn of the 21st century? What do these writers' works tell us about Jewish life in our time?
Josh Lambert is the Academic Director of the Yiddish Book Center and Visiting Assistant Professor of English at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He is the author of American Jewish Fiction: A JPS Guide, and Unclean Lips: Obscenity, Jews, and American Culture, which won a Canadian Jewish Book Award in Jewish Thought and Culture. Lambert serves as contributing editor to Tablet, as well as contributing book reviews and essays to the Los Angeles Times, Haaretz, the Los Angeles Review of Books, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Globe & Mail, and the Forward.
This series is made possible by a generous gift in memory of Julia K. & Harold Segall.
Co-sponsored by the Department of English; Rimon: The Minnesota Jewish Arts Council, and Shir Tikvah Congregation.