Thursday, October 14, 2010

Next Up: Ruth Franklin, Plotzfest

The English Department is happy to be a co-sponsor of a reading/presentation by Ruth Franklin, author of A Thousand Darknesses: Lies and Truth in Holocaust Fiction, at the DC Jewish Community Center on Tuesday, October 19 at 7:30 p.m. The reading is part of the DC JCC's Hyman S. and Freda Bernstein Jewish Literary Festival, which runs from October 17 through October 27. (For those who have never been there, the DC JCC is a pleasant 25-minute walk from campus, and is also reachable through public transportation.)

Do Holocaust narratives need to adhere to a certain standard of "truth" and historical fact? What is the line between fiction and non-fiction in representations of the Holocaust? In A Thousand Darknesses, Franklin, a literary and cultural critic and a senior editor at The New Republic (and a magazine blogger) examines the role of the imagination in representations of the Holocaust and makes a case for fiction as a "vital vehicle" of understanding.

And .... don't forget:

THE PLOTZFEST IS COMING! THE PLOTZFEST IS COMING! On October 22 celebrate Judith Plotz with six distinguished speakers, who will give informal and accessible talks relating to Victorian literature, children's literature, and postcolonial literature and theory. Then raise a glass to Judith.

The fun will take place in the Marvin Center Grand Ballroom, 10 am -4 pm with Grand Reception in Phillips 411 to follow.

Tell your friends.

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