This is a joint seminar organized by Yiddish, Jewish Studies and Komplitt

This is a lecture about the importance of the Great Book Tradition in twentieth-century American fiction, with principal reference to the major Jewish-American novelists of the period – Saul Bellow in particular, but also Philip Roth and Bernard Malamud. The talk involves discussion of the role of ‘Great Books’ or ‘Humanities’ or ‘Western Civilization’ courses in American universities and of the threat such courses faced, continue to face, from attacks on the canon and the claims of multi-culturalism.