This project will be tied to a Spring 2023 course (see below) and Story+ projects. We look forward to collaborating with a wide range of faculty and students who can use their linguistic, historical, and geographical expertise to explore both expected and unexpected sites of Jewish Modernism in order to produce a website and exhibit in Perkins Library at Duke.

Mapping Jewish Modernism

We will explore the imaginary (in literature and film) and real spaces of Jewish culture over the last one hundred years. How have Jews and their cultural products—language, literature, art, film, theater, dance, music, food, dress, customs, and more—moved across the globe, influencing and being influenced by the peoples and cultures around them? Students will conduct individual and collective research on topics and figures of interest to them, and will develop a project for a website and Perkins exhibit. For instance, they could map the spaces within one novel (e.g., how young David navigates the streets of the Lower East side in Henry Roth’s 1934 novel Call It Sleep), or the movements of an artist or an entire school (e.g., from Bauhaus to Black Mountain), or the complex trajectory of a single work of art (e.g., Stefan Zweig’s 1941 Chess Story), written in Brazil by an exiled Austrian-Jewish writer, published in Stockholm, and distributed to German readers from New York to Tel Aviv).

Open to undergraduate and graduate students. Course will carry an R designation. Co-taught by Kata Gellen and Saskia Ziolkowski.