Jewish Literature Live! At George Washington University Announces Spring 2012 Authors

Jewish Literature Live! George Washington University’s "Literary Course of a Lifetime" with living Jewish authors announces Spring 2012 writers including Erica Jong, Aryeh lev Stollman, Nicole Krauss, Pearl Abraham and Bel Kaufman.
Oct. 24, 2011 - PRLog -- “Jewish Literature Live!” a unique college course taught by English Professor Faye Moskowitz at George Washington University has just announced the participating authors for the 2012 Spring Semester. The annual class allows students to read the works of a series of living Jewish authors, and then have the opportunity to interact with them in an intimate, engaging, collegiate setting. The course, the only one of its kind in the country, is also accompanied by public lectures or readings by the established and emerging authors.

David Bruce Smith, a graduate and trustee of George Washington University, established the course in 2009. Mr. Smith recalls, "I was asked to consider funding the course by the then-head of the English department, who was Professor Jeffrey Jerome Cohen. The reason I agreed is the only person teaching Jewish literature was retiring, and I didn't want that influence to disappear from the curriculum."

The class has been described as a “literary course of a lifetime.” Professor Moskowitz adds, "What can parallel the experience for GW students of reading works of major and emerging Jewish American writers, and then after each book finding themselves having an intimate conversation with the author about inspiration for the work, the author's family history, the writing process, and how their themes embrace or contest the ongoing dialogue among contemporary Jewish American writers. My students have the privilege of engaging with the finest such writers living today.”

Jewish Literature Live! Spring Semester 2011 Writers
January 26: Aryeh lev Stollman: “The Far Euphrates”
February 9 TBA
March 1: Nicole Krauss, “The History of Love”
March 22: Pearl Abraham, “The Romance Reader”
April 10: Erica Jong, “Fear of Flying”
April 24: Bel Kaufman, “Up the Down Staircase”

There will be evening readings and lectures for each of these visits.

Past participants in the course include Michael Chabon, E.L. Doctorow, Art Spiegelman, Steve Stern, Dara Horn and Myla Goldberg.

Faye Moskowitz is a Professor of English at George Washington University, a writer and essayist. She is the author of four books of memoirs and short stories, and editor of a major volume on Jewish women writing about mothers and daughters. Her most recent publication is a reissue of “And the Bridge is Love,” with a new forward, in November 2011 by Feminist Press.

David Bruce Smith has a bachelor’s degree in American Literature from George Washington University, and a master’s in journalism from New York University. He is the author of nine books In Many Arenas, 13 Young Men, Tennessee, Three Miles From Providence, Conversations with Papa Charlie, Afternoon Tea with Mom, Letters to My Children, Building the Community and Continuum.

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