Who Wants to be a Jewish Writer?
Chair: David Herman
Poet, leading literary critic and Columbia University teacher Adam Kirsch is one of our foremost experts on Jewish thought and history. His stunning new collection brings together his essays on poetry, religion, and the intersections between them, as he explores the definition of Jewish literature and the relationship between poetry and politics, asking questions such as how did Stefan Zweig and Isaac Deutscher, who coined the phrase “the non-Jewish Jew” deal with politics? Why have so many Jewish writers resisted that category, and is there such a thing as Jewish Literature?
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Adam Kirsch is a poet and critic who contributes regularly to the New Yorker, Tablet, and other publications. He is the author of ten books, including The People and the Books: 18 Classics of Jewish Literature and Why Trilling Matters.
David Herman was a TV producer for twenty years, working with Jeremy Isaacs and Melvyn Bragg among others, and has been a freelance writer for the past fifteen years writing 700 articles for a number of leading magazines and newspapers including The New Statesman, Prospect, The Guardian and The Independent. He is chief fiction reviewer of The Jewish Chronicle.