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Jewish Arts and Culture lecture Dec. 3

11/24/2009

Jennifer Glaser, assistant professor of English and comparative literature at the University of Cincinnati, will present "Diaspora and Indigeneity: Jews and Native Americans in Contemporary American Literature" at 4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3, in the Bachelor Hall reading room.

Her talk is part of the Jewish Arts and Culture Series of the Jewish studies program.

Glaser’s research and teaching interests include contemporary American literature, critical race theory, gender studies, diaspora in theory and practice, and comparative ethnicity, among others. She is presently completing work on a manuscript, Exceptional Differences: Race and the Postwar Jewish American Literary Imagination.

In her talk she will discuss how the “Wandering Jew” and the indigenous Native American have long been imagined in opposition to one another; however, at one time, Native Americans were thought to be members of the Lost Tribe of Israel and Jews used their imagined physiognomic connection to America’s native populace to more firmly stake their claim to an authentic American identity, says Glaser. She will discuss the ways in which Jews and Native American authors have figured their similarities and discontinuities.

The talk, free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Jewish studies program and the Posen Foundation.

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