The reading/working group for Global Jewish Modernism meets on Fridays from 12:00-1:30pm about once a month. We will discuss various literary works related to the themes of the Lab. Depending on interest, we may also use one or two sessions to discuss and critique a pre-circulated work-in-progress on a related topic by a participant. While we would love to have a stable cohort of faculty and students in the reading/working group, we understand that people are busy and everyone is welcome to attend whenever they can–even if it’s only for a single session. We will be able to purchase and distribute a limited number of the English edition of each work under discussion to participants on a first-come, first-served basis. Please let us know ASAP if you’d like a copy of the book for our upcoming session.

Location: Classroom Building, Room 101 or outside. Lunch will be provided if permitted. Please let us know about food preferences/restrictions as well. Registration is requested so that we can order the appropriate amount and type of food. 


Friday, October 8:

Dovid Bergelson, The End of Everything (Nokh Alemen), 1913



Friday, November 12:

George Konrád, The City Builder, translated by Ivan Sanders.



Friday, January 14:

A few short stories related to the “What is a ghetto?” dialogue


Franzos, Shylock of Barnow

Saba, Trieste’s Ghetto in 1860

Rilke, A Scene from the Venetian Ghetto

Phillips, The European Tribe


Friday, February 11: 

Marina Jarre, Distant Fathers, translated by Ann Goldstein



Friday, March 25: 

Joseph Roth, “Strawberries” and “This Morning a Letter Arrived…” (1929), in The Collected Stories of Joseph Roth, translated by Michael Hofmann. With special guest Michael Hofmann in attendance!

Joseph Roth stories (German)

Joseph Roth stories (English)