As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve spent a lot of time these past few months re-organizing my “21st-Century Jewish Literature” course for its new “hybrid” format. This is the semester’s first week. so I’m ready to share with you the texts from which the primary assigned readings (mainly short stories and novel/memoir excerpts) are taken.
- Ilan Stavans, Jewish Literature: A Very Short Introduction
- Michal Lemberger, After Abel and Other Stories
- Miriam Karpilove, Diary of a Lonely Girl (trans. Jessica Kirzane)
- David Bezmozgis, Natasha and Other Stories
- Lucette Lagnado, The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit
- Dara Horn, All Other Nights
- Philip Roth, Nemesis
- Eduardo Halfon, The Polish Boxer (trans. Daniel Hahn et al.)
- Amos Oz, A Tale of Love and Darkness (trans. Nicholas de Lange)
- Ayelet Tsabari, The Best Place on Earth: Stories
We’re also going to be reading poems by Ronny Somekh (trans. Barbara Goldberg), Erika Meitner, Jehanne Dubrow, and others.
There’s obviously a lot that we’re not going to be able to cover. I’m planning to spend some course time talking about that, too, because as diverse as these readings may be, there’s so much more to contemporary Jewish literature that isn’t represented in the texts above.