Simon Dubnow Institute
for Jewish History and Culture at Leipzig University

Winter Semester 2012

»Reiterarmeen.« Jewish Literatures of War, 1914–1918


Instructors: Prof. Dr. Dan Diner/Dr. Natasha Gordinsky

Time: Thursday, 5:15–6:45 p.m. (every other week)

Place: Simon Dubnow Institute, Goldschmidtstr. 28


This research colloquium explores the impact of World War I upon Jewish writers across Eastern Europe. It focuses on literary responses to the war, which can be viewed in retrospect as paradigmatic works embodying the juxtaposition of questions of representation of war with questions of Jewish belonging. By concentrating on one of the most creative periods in history of Jewish literature, this colloquium seeks to gain crucial insights into the culture of memory in Jewish interwar fiction. It also asks how the universal experience of the war on the one hand and the recollection of the lost Jewish life-worlds on the other not only constitute different poetics of Jewish belonging but also shape unique versions of literary modernism.




Thursday, 25 October 2012

Alexander Wöll (Greifswald)

Schreckliche Freiheit:

Isaak Babel und die drei Kriege


Thursday, 8 November 2012

Ilse Lazaroms (Budapest)

»At the Gates of Europe:«

Images of War in Joseph Roth's Early Writings


Thursday, 13 December 2012

Glenda Abramson (Oxford)

The City of Blood and Iron:

Agnon in Berlin during the Great War


Thursday, 31 January 2013

Sabine Koller (Regensburg)

Jiddische Literatur und der Krieg:

Über Israel Rabon und Moyshe Kulbak


Thursday, 7 March 2013

Eugenia Prokop-Janiec (Kraków)

The Dusk of an Era, the Dawn of an Era:

The Experience of World War I in Polish-Jewish Literature