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Gabriele Weinberger, ‘Dutch-Jewish Female: The Critical Reception of Etty Hillesum’s Writings (1914-1943) and the Varying Boundaries of the Canon’
December 4, 2016 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Presenting is Gabriele Weinberger, a professor of German, French, English, Modern and Classical Languages at Lenoir-Rhyne University in North Carolina.
Etty Hillesum, a Amsterdam university student of philosophy and Russian literature, was a prolific writer during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands. Archived in Belgium and published since the 1980s, her writings draw interest from a wide circle of scholars, since her thinking is steeped in Spinoza’s philosophy and her eloquent diaries and letters delve deeply into matters of the diaspora and contemporary Jewish life, while establishing a theology of survival in the tension between Jewish and Christian influences. The presentation will explore differences in her critical reception within the canon of Holocaust literature in Europe, the U.S. and Israel.
Jonathan Hess will moderate. The Carolina Center for Jewish Studies is a co-convener.