Wednesday’s Work-in-Progress: My “Well Versed” Debut

Two weeks ago, I attended a panel event, held at the Center for Jewish History here in Manhattan, that helped launch a new book, Holocaust Literature: A History and Guide. And last Friday, my account of that event was posted on the “Well Versed” blog of The Jewish Week, a New York-based newspaper that I subscribe to.

It’s my debut post for Well Versed, and I hope it signals many to come–and perhaps even some bylines within the paper itself. We shall see.

Meantime, here’s the opening of the post:

Definitions can be tricky. Just try to find agreement on what qualifies (or not) as “Jewish literature.”
Perhaps equally arguable: any effort to define “Holocaust literature.”

In their new book, “Holocaust Literature: A History and Guide” (Brandeis University Press), David Roskies and Naomi Diamant propose some striking new terms.

Intrigued? Please keep reading!

(cross-posted on My Machberet)

4 thoughts on “Wednesday’s Work-in-Progress: My “Well Versed” Debut

  1. I like the idea that the authors used a creative format, as well as the expansive definition of Holocaust. I think a broad definition can sometimes mean the information in a book is so varied as to be hard for the mind to grasp or sort through. Maybe physical construction of the book alleviates that problem.

    1. Erika Dreifus says:

      It’s actually a very accessible book–I’ll have more to say about it sometime soon. Thanks for “stopping by”!

    1. Erika Dreifus says:

      Thanks, Annette!

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