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The Great Jewish-American Novel:
Caren Schnur Neile

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: You certainly don’t need to be Jewish to love Jewish-American literature! All you need is a love of great books. Part college seminar, part reading group, and part performance event, this unusual lecture series will acquaint, or reacquaint participants with some of the greatest, and most beloved, novels and novelists of our age. Through lecture, discussion, readings, film, video interviews with authors, and other means, participants will experience these unforgettable works of art in new and innovative ways. You are invited to keep up with each week’s reading, read ahead and give yourself time to digest the book, or simply sit back, enjoy, and discover the essence of the novels discussed. Either way, you will leave this series with a new perspective not only on the books, but also on life, literature and what it means to be Jewish in America today. Join us and experience what determines a great Jewish-American novel, and a great novel in general. Note: This is a continuation of a previous course, The Great Jewish-American novel 1934-1969.

1. Introduction: Why Jewish-American Literature? Issues and Insights
2. E.L. Doctorow: The Book of Daniel (1971)
3. Philip Roth: The Ghost Writer (1979)
4. Rebecca Goldstein: Mazel (1995)
5. Allegra Goodman: Kaaterskill Falls (1998)
6. Thane Rosenbaum: Secondhand Smoke (2000)
7. Michael Chabon: The Yiddish Policeman's Ball (2007)
8. Jonathan Safran Foer: Here I Am (2016)
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Caren Schnur Neile, PhD, MFA, is a professional storyteller, editor and writer, and affiliate professor at Florida Atlantic University. A former Fulbright Senior Specialist in Jerusalem and Vienna, she performs and lectures across the US and overseas. Her numerous publications include the books The Great American Story (Lambert) and Hidden: A Sister and Brother in Nazi Poland (University of Wisconsin Press). The former chair of the National Storytelling Network, Dr. Neile is also a former founding co-editor of the academic journal Storytelling, Self, Society and a columnist for the Florida Jewish Journal. Dr. Neile is a graduate of the Jewish Theological Seminary. She can be heard weekly on WLRN public radio as co-host of the segment The Public Storyteller.

Time: 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Date: Fridays, January 12, 19, 26; February 2, 9, 16, 23; March 2
Location: Barry and Florence Friedberg Auditorium, Boca Raton Campus
Fees: Member - $100
Non-member - $130
Cash will no longer be accepted as payment for lectures.

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