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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Center for Jewish Studies Colloquium Series

"Between Inquisition and Holocaust Landscapes: Jews in Contemporary Spanish Fiction" will be presented by Stacy Beckwith as part of the Center for Jewish Studies Colloquium Series on Thursday, February 9th at 12:00 to 1:30pm in 325 Nicholson Hall.

How and why have renowned authors in Spain engaged with their country's medieval and early modern Sephardic past, particularly since the 1992 quincentennial of the Jews' expulsion in 1492? After an overview of Jewish history in modern Spain, this talk explores ways in which contemporary Spanish authors are incorporating ancient Jewish lifestyles and patterns of persecution into their writing.
Stacy Beckwith is Associate Professor of Hebrew Language and Literature at Carleton College. She is also the Director of Carleton's Judaic Studies Program and Chair of the Department of Middle Eastern Languages. She earned her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies at the University of Minnesota in 1997. She focuses on intersections of national historiography and collective memory in contemporary Israeli and Spanish Peninsular literature, particularly inrepresentations of historic Sephardic Jewish characters. Her current book project examines an emergent focus on traumatic memory in contemporary Spanish literature that connects with medieval Jewish Iberian civilization and its aftermath.
This Event is Free & Open to the Public
A Light Lunch will be Provided
Co-sponsored by: U of M Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies
Nicholson Hall is located at 216 Pillsbury Dr SE on the East Bank of the Minneapolis campus. For more information, please contact The Center for Jewish Studies at: 612-624-4914 or by e-mail at jwst@umn.edu