Writing Jews in Contemporary Britain

On September 11th, Dr David Brauner and Professor Bryan Cheyette both delivered well-received papers at a unique workshop entitled ‘Writing Jews in Contemporary Britain’.  Hosted by the Pears Institute at Birkbeck College, University of London, the workshop comprised three panels (two on literature, one on film and television) that covered subjects ranging from the importance of Hendon in contemporary British-Jewish fiction, to the Jewishness of Dr Who (who knew?!).  The theme of the final panel of the day was ‘British-Jewish Writing in Relation to Anglophone and World Jewish Literature’ and featured Dr Brauner’s paper, entitled ‘Fetishising the Holocaust’, and Professor Cheyette’s paper, entitled ‘The Challenge of Metaphorical Thinking’. A packed and well-informed audience helped to generate a lively discussion in response to the two papers and everyone agreed that the workshop had been a great success. Dr Brauner’s and Professor Cheyette’s papers were recorded and are available as a podcast:


About Cindy

Associate Professor in the Department of English Literature at the University of Reading. Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
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