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Adam Kirsch

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. Image cr Remy Kirsch
The Object of Jewish Literature
With the rise of digital media, the ‘death of the book’ has been widely discussed. But the physical object itself persists. Here, through the lens of materiality and objects, Barbara Mann tells a history of modern Jewish literature, from novels and poetry to graphic novels and artist’s books, offering a new frame for understanding how literary genres emerge. Called, “original and finely instructive” by Robert Alter, Mann is in conversation with acclaimed poet and li...
What Does it Mean to be a Jewish Writer?

Saul Bellow said, ‘I have tried to fit my soul into the Jewish-writer category, but it does not feel comfortably accommodated there.’ To many of us, Bellow and authors such as Philip Roth are quintessentially Jewish writers. But does the concept of a Jewish writer even exist? Three of our greatest living – and ‘Jewish’ – writers discuss the notion.

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Who Wants to be a Jewish Writer? – Virtual Event
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 ha...
Modern Jewish Literature
From mass emigration out of Eastern Europe to the creation of Israel, the last century transformed Jewish life. The same was true of Jewish writers: their novels, plays, poems and memoirs provided intimate access to new worlds of experience. In The Blessing and the Curse: The Jewish People and Their Books in the Twentieth Century, Adam Kirsch discusses the impact of writers from Kafka and Roth to Hannah Senesh and Tony Kushner with Booker winner...