Great Jewish Books Teacher Summer Seminar 2019 Faculty

Madeleine (Mindl) Cohen is the director of translation and collections initiatives at the Yiddish Book Center. She received her PhD in comparative literature with an emphasis on Jewish studies from the University of California, Berkeley. Her research has focused on the intersections of modern and modernist Yiddish literature and radical Jewish politics in the early twentieth century in Europe and the Soviet Union. Her dissertation, Here and Now: The Modernist Poetics of Do’ikayt, explores connections between the representation of place in modernist Yiddish literature and revolutionary politics in the interwar period. Cohen is also the senior editor of In geveb: A Journal of Yiddish Studies.

Josh Lambert is the academic director at the Yiddish Book Center and visiting assistant professor of English at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He is the author of Unclean Lips: Obscenity, Jews, and American Culture, which won a Canadian Jewish Book Award and the Jordan Schnitzer Award from the Association for Jewish Studies, and American Jewish Fiction: A JPS Guide. His reviews and essays have appeared in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Los Angeles Review of Books, Haaretz, the Forward, the Globe and Mail, and many academic journals.

Lital Levy is associate professor of comparative literature and a member of the program in Judaic studies at Princeton University, where she teaches in the areas of Hebrew literature, Arabic literature, comparative literature and theory, and Jewish studies. She specializes in contact zones of Hebrew and Arabic within literature, cultural studies, and intellectual history. She is the author of Poetic Trespass: Writing between Hebrew and Arabic in Israel/Palestine (2014), which investigates the cultural politics of Hebrew-Arabic multilingualism and translation and how Arabic has influenced the formation of Hebrew-based Israeli culture. Her other publications include articles and book chapters on the topics of Arab Jews, Jewish literature and world literature, Jewish memories of Baghdad, and Mizrahi literary history. She is currently completing a book on the intellectual history of Arab Jews in the modern Hebrew and Arabic renaissance movements.

Anita Norich is collegiate professor emerita of English and Judaic studies at the University of Michigan. She is the author of Writing in Tongues: Yiddish Translation in the 20th Century (2013); Discovering Exile: Yiddish and Jewish American Literature in America During the Holocaust (2007); and The Homeless Imagination in the Fiction of Israel Joshua Singer (1991); translator of Kadya Molodovsky’s Fun Lublin biz Nyu York (2019); and co-editor of Languages of Modern Jewish Cultures: Comparative Perspectives (2016), Jewish Literatures and Cultures: Context and Intertext (2008), and Gender and Text in Modern Hebrew and Yiddish Literatures (1992). She translates Yiddish literature and teaches, lectures, and publishes on a range of topics concerning modern Jewish cultures, Yiddish language and literature, Jewish American literature, and Holocaust literature.

Claire Solomon is associate professor of Hispanic studies and comparative literature at Oberlin College. Some of her recent courses include Literature and Economics, Melodrama and Cultural Anxiety, Gabriel García Márquez’s A Hundred Years of Solitude, and Love and Death: Jewish Literature and Culture of the Americas. She is the author of Fictions of the Bad Life: The Naturalist Prostitute and Her Avatars in Latin American Literature 1880–2010 and has written essays on avant-garde theater, “manic pixie dream girls,” translation theory, and contemporary music. She has translated Juan Goytisolo and Roberto Arlt and is currently writing a novel about higher education.

Nadia Valman is a professor of English Literature at Queen Mary University of London where she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on the literature of London. Her research focuses on nineteenth and twentieth century British urban culture with special interests in religion, gender, and migrancy. She is the author of The Jewess in Nineteenth-Century British Literary Culture (2007). She is also the editor of Jewish Women Writers in Britain (2014) and the co-editor of The ‘Jew’ in Edwardian Culture: Between the East End and East Africa (2009), Amy Levy: Critical Essays (2010), Nineteenth Century Jewish Literature: A Reader (2013) and the Routledge Handbook to Contemporary Jewish Cultures (2014). She is currently researching the literature of east London and enjoys teaching literature through the medium of the guided walk.