Scholars to discuss Canadian Holocaust Literature 

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The Israel and Golda Koschitzky Centre for Jewish Studies will co-sponsor a conversation about Holocaust literature with experts in the field on April 28 at 7:30 p.m.  

The virtual event, Holocaust Literature: A Canadian Perspective, will bring together Canadian scholars Catherine Khordoc, Goldie Morgentaler, Ruth Panofsky and Lucas Wilson to discuss the recent Canadian Jewish Studies publication, Canadian Holocaust Literature: Vol 32.  

This volume breaks new ground in the study of Jewish life and letters and extends the field more deeply into Canadian literary analysis. Co-edited by Panofsky and Morgentaler, Volume 32 is devoted to scholarship on Canadian Holocaust literature. Nine original articles follow Panofsky and Morgentaler’s introduction. 

During the event, speakers will address their publications and more. Khordoc is a professor in the Department of French and the School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies at Carleton University. Khordoc is a specialist in contemporary Quebecois literature, with a particular interest in migration and translation writing. She is the author of Tours et detours: Le mythe de Babel dans la littérature contemporaine and has also published a number of articles.  

Morgentaler is a professor of English at the University of Lethbridge. She is the translator from Yiddish to English of much of Chava Rosenfarb’s work. Her translation of Rosenfarb’s book of short stories, Survivors: Seven Short Stories, won a Canadian Jewish Book Award and the Modern Language Association’s Memorial Prize in Yiddish Studies.  

Ryerson University English Professor Panofsky teaches courses on Canadian Jewish literature and Holocaust writing. In addition to her publication on novelist Adele Wiseman and poet Miriam Waddington, she edited The New Spice Box: Contemporary Jewish Writing. With Morgentaler, she co-edited the special issue of the Canadian Jewish Studies devoted to Canadian Holocaust literature.  

The fourth speaker, Wilson holds an MA in English from McMaster University and completed his MTS (master of theological studies) with a certificate in Jewish studies at Vanderbilt University. Wilson is completing an interdisciplinary PhD in comparative studies from Florida Atlantic University. Wilson’s academic work has appeared in Canadian Jewish Studies, Flanner O’Connor Review, and edited collections published by THE MLA, SUNY Press, and DIO Press.  

The Canadian Jewish Studies Editor-in-Chief is Associate Professor David Koffman in the Department of History at the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies and the associate director of the Koschitzky Centre for Jewish Studies. Canadian Jewish Studies is an interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal devoted to original scholarship that illuminates all aspects of the Canadian Jewish experience. 

Event registration is available online. Learn more about Canadian Jewish Studies: Vol 32 on the Canadian Jewish Studies website.