Draper is thrilled to announce that our own Professor Alan Itkin was recently awarded a Center for the Humanities Grant-in-Aid to support the publication of his book, Underworlds of Memory: W.G. Sebald’s Epic Journeys Through the Past.
Professor Itkin’s book explores the afterlife of classical epic poetry in the works of the late twentieth-century German writer W. G. Sebald and the German-Jewish post-Holocaust writers who influenced him. The book argues that classical epics are self-reflexive monuments of cultural memory, that is they help to commemorate a culture’s common history while asking their audience to reflect on this shared form of memory and the role literature plays in it. Its central thesis is that Sebald uses epic tropes to frame his literary works as “modern epics,” that is as similar self-reflexive monuments of cultural memory, but ones suited to the traumatic and complex events of the modern era.
The latest issue of The Germanic Review is out, and it contains a special section on the writer Jean Améry guest-edited by our Literary Cultures professor, Alan Itkin. The section includes an introduction and article on Améry written by Itkin. The special section is based in part on a panel at NYU’s Deutsches Haus in 2012.
The full text is available here. Enjoy!
Just a reminder that we are holding the first Anamesa Editorial Meeting tonight in the Draper Map Room at 8:30pm.
Please join us if you are a returning editor and wish to work on the journal again this year, or if you are new and would like to find out more about what being involved entails. We’ll introduce the new additions to our senior staff, go over the semester calendar, and share a few snacks and bottles of wine.
We hope to see you tonight!
The Anamesa Editorial Team
Our very own Roy Schwartz has recently published an op-ed in the Jerusalem Post, based on his thesis Is Superman Circumcised? The Jewish Heroic Figure from the Bible to Comics.
Roy also took second place for presenting his thesis at last year’s Threesis Challenge.
Well done, Roy!