Williamson Presents on Interwar Yiddish Literature and Literary Theory

Posted on 7/14/2019 1:10:34 PM

Michael T. Williamson (English Department) presented a paper, “Troubling the Holocaust: Interwar Yiddish Literature and Literary Theory,” at the joint conference of the Modernist Studies Association and the British Association for Modernist Studies in London, England on June 22, 2019.

This international conference brings together scholars of modernist studies from around the world.

Williamson’s paper argued that the absence of a productive literary theoretical methodology has made papers about the Holocaust increasingly rare at modernist studies conferences. He proposed that models of literary theory based on a blend of Jewish mystical thought and modernist surrealism provide a generative model for the study of both modernist and Holocaust literature.

Department of English