Jewish Literary Links
Toward the end of each week, the My Machberet blog presents a collection of links, drawn primarily from the world of Jewish books and writing.
- Today I am thinking somberly of the anniversary of Kristallnacht. But I am also reminded of all of the joy there is to be found in being Jewish—thanks to this gorgeous piece by Jaime Herndon for Kveller. (Yes, some of the joy referenced there is literary!)
- While doing some additional research on postmemory and “2G” writing for this week’s session of my Holocaust Literature course, I discovered a news report on a brand-new, Etgar Keret-focused exhibition at the Jewish Museum of Berlin. And you needn’t travel to Germany to read the new texts that rest at the project’s heart. As DW.com writer Philipp Jedicke notes: “The stories, based on [Keret’s] life and his mother’s memories…depict everyday family life in Israel, but are also influenced by traumatic war events experienced by his mother, who was born in Poland in 1934.” (And especially on a #TranslationThurs, I am pleased to be able to tell you that the stories were translated from Hebrew to English by Jessica Cohen and to German by Dr. Barbara Linner.)
- “[Jorge Luis] Borges’ love of Judaism and Israel is the subject of a new exhibit at the National Library of Argentina in Buenos Aires, which opened last week and runs through Dec. 30. It is co-organized by Israel’s embassy in Argentina and will feature events with experts discussing the Jewish themes in Borges’ work.” Juan Melamed reports for JTA.
- Fellowship alert! “Applications are invited for participation in the ‘Performing the Canadian Jewish Archive’ project, an ongoing initiative under the aegis of the Endowed Chair in Canadian Jewish Studies at Concordia University. The goal of the project is to generate an ongoing series of critical research and creative projects from a range of disciplines that will: (1) utilize archival resources from a wide variety of current and original angles and approaches; (2) contribute to the breadth of critical scholarship investigating the Jewish-Canadian experience; and, (3) stimulate innovative interdisciplinary and creative engagement with archival resources to transform them into active agents of cultural production.” The short-term fellowship confers “$7000 to support recipients and defray any costs associated with research.” Note: “Applicants must be Canadian or have the right to work in Canada before applying for the fellowship.” Note also: “Recipients should be resident in Montreal or the surrounding area for most of the duration of the fellowship.” Deadline: December 5.
- And in case you missed this earlier in the week: My Machberet is anticipating the start of Jewish Book Month 5783/2022 and launching a #JewishBookMonth Reading Challenge. Please do check it out!