Great Jewish Books Teacher Summer Seminar Faculty

Josh Lambert is the Sophia Moses Robison Associate Professor of Jewish Studies and English and director of Jewish studies at Wellesley College. 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.

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.

Jeffrey Wallen is a professor of comparative literature at Hampshire College. He has also taught as a visiting professor at the Free University Berlin and at the University of Toulouse, and is the director of Hampshire's semester-long study abroad program in Berlin. He has published widely on nineteenth- and twentieth-century European literature; on testimony, Holocaust literature, and Berlin Jewish history; on autobiography, literary portraiture, and memoir; and on debates about education. He is the author of Closed Encounters: Literary Politics and Public Culture, and his recent work explores topics such as the things Jews took with them when fleeing Germany in the 1930s, the representation of the Auschwitz Sonderkommando in film and literature, Jewish museums and material culture, and visiting Poland with students.