Author Helene Meyers will discuss new trends in contemporary Jewish American literature and film. This event will take place on Thursday, April 3 at 5:30 pm in Taylor Hall, room 203. It is free and open the public. The talk is sponsored by the Dean of the Faculty's Office, the Department of English, and the Programs in Jewish Studies and Women's Studies.
Meyers’ talk at Vassar, "Reel and Novel Jews: A Feminist and Queer Renaissance,” will consider the question: What progressive plots of Jewish America become visible once we look beyond the inimitable Philip Roth and Woody Allen? One of the films she will discuss is Sean Penn’s Milk, a biopic of the politician Harvey Milk.
A professor of English who holds the McManis University Chair at Southwestern University, Meyers works at the intersections of literary studies, feminist and queer studies, and Jewish studies. She is the author of Identity Papers: Contemporary Narratives of American Jewishness, Reading Michael Chabon, and Femicidal Fears: Narratives of the Female Gothic Experience.
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