Katja Garloff F'18

Katja  Garloff
Professor
German and Humanities
Reed College

ACLS Fellowship Program 2018
Professor
German and Humanities
Reed College
Making German Jewish Literature New

The 1990 reunification of Germany gave rise to a new generation of writers who identify as both German and Jewish and often sustain additional affiliations with places such as France, Russia, or Israel. This affords a unique opportunity to examine the relationship between literature and the formation of group identity, and to analyze the foundational moments of a new diaspora literature. “Making German Jewish Literature New” is structured around three “founding gestures,” literary strategies that reinstate the possibility of a German-Jewish literature several decades after the Holocaust. The book shows how authors (1) publicly perform, assert, and/or question their Jewish identities; (2) turn spaces into places by investing them with personal meaning and emotional significance; and (3) remake Holocaust memory at a moment when the remaining eyewitnesses are passing and the Holocaust is turning from memory into history.