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Sunday, February 21 • 11:00am - 11:50am
The Jews and Modernism

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Irish writer Frank O'Connor said, "the literature of Jews is the literature of townsmen, and the greatest Jew of all was James Joyce." It cannot be coincidental that the great Modernist novelists were so deeply involved with Jewish themes and subjects: Marcel Proust was a Jew, as was Franz Kafka ("within us all it still lives," he said of the former ghettoes), while Thomas Mann wrote the greatest Jewish novel of the twentieth century, Joseph and His Brothers. We’ll discuss Modernism as the most significant development in the arts in the twentieth century, with illustrations of the roles played in it by Jews as both artists and as subjects.


Morton Levitt

Professor Emeritus, Temple University
Born in Brooklyn in 1936, Mort Levitt is Professor Emeritus of English at Temple University. He also taught at Penn State and at Zagreb University in Yugoslavia, the University of Granada in Spain and the University of Lisbon. He has lectured widely in Europe for both the U.S. Information... Read More →

Sunday February 21, 2016 11:00am - 11:50am EST
Room 122