Hoping to get one more post in before leaving for a vacation, but for now here’s a little self-promotion.
I recently published a review essay on Henry Green’s terrific Loving (recently reissued by my beloved NYRB classics) in Numéro Cinq. I’m pleased with the way it turned out–Green has been dear to me since graduate school, when I wrote about him in my dissertation, and I’m glad he’s finally starting to get some recognition, especially in North America. This is my first piece for this terrific journal, and I look forward to working with them more in the coming years.
Over at Open Letters Monthly, the journal closest to my heart, I wrote about My Year in Reading. I’m honoured to have been asked to contribute, and to be in such good company. I’ll write a longer post here at the very end of the year adding to what I wrote there (still two more good reading weeks left in this wretched year…).
Last but not least, a book of essays about Holocaust Literature that I edited was recently published by Salem House Press. The Critical Insights series is intended for undergraduates and their teachers, but I’d like to think that anyone who is interested in the topic will find something useful here. The essays are written for the intelligent general reader rather than for specialists, but I’m pleased to say that nonetheless many of the essays cover new ground. I wrote the introduction to the volume and the first essay, entitled “On Holocaust Literature.” Alas the cost of the book might put it out of reach for non-institutional readers (i.e. individual readers, not libraries). If you are interested in seeing all or part of the collection, please let me know in the comments. Here’s the Table of Contents, to give you an idea of what’s inside:
Critical Insights: Holocaust Literature
About this Volume
— Dorian Stuber
On Holocaust Literature
— Dorian Stuber
The Canonical Testifiers
Narrative Voice and the Struggle Against Silence: Wolfgang Hildesheimer, Ruth Klüger, and Fred Wander as Case Studies in German Jewish Holocaust Literature
—Corey L. Twitchell
Changing conceptions of Holocaust Literature
Through Fractured Glass: Three Theoretical Lenses for Viewing Sebald’s Austerlitz
Looking at/in Maus: A Survey of Critical Approaches
The Influence of Gender Performance on Women’s Resistance to Nazi Dehumanization in Charlotte Delbo’s Auschwitz and After
—Vanessa Rachel Marsden
Jewish Identity in Crisis: Philip Roth and the Holocaust
Three Generations of Holocaust Literature for Young People
Holocaust Film and the Ethics of Representation
Travels in Yiddishlands: Three Centers of Yiddish Responses to the Holocaust
Between Mimesis and Allegory: Vasily Grossman, Boris Slutsky, the Strugatsky Brothers and the Meaning of the Holocaust in Russian
Flowerless Gardeners: Poetry after Auschwitz
—Jennifer M. Hoyer
“Nothing is Meant Quite Literally”: Adorno and the Barbarism of Poetry After Auschwitz
The Daunting Task of Approaching Holocaust Literature for the First Time
About the Editor
With no book project to keep me busy and my time as Department Chair coming to a close in a mere 230 days (oh, I’m counting), I want to write a lot more in 2017. If you want to commission me, drop me a line!