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The Holocaust in Caribbean Literature and Art

The Holocaust in Caribbean Literature and Art
170 St. George Street, JHB Room 100
Time: Oct 20th, 3:00 pm End: Oct 20th, 4:30 pm
Interest Categories: English and Drama (UTM), English (UTSC), English (FAS), Diaspora/Transnational, Comparative Literature (FAS), Caribbean, Arts, Culture and Media (UTSC), Art (FAS), African, 1900-1950
Talk by Sarah Phillips Casteel, Carleton University

The Centre for Diaspora and Transnational Studies and the Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies presents

The Holocaust in Caribbean Literature and Art

Discussions of Black-Jewish cultural relations have focused almost exclusively on the United States and have tended to be inflected by the persistent political tensions between African Americans and Jewish Americans. Jewish themes also feature prominently, however, in Caribbean literature. Caribbean writers regularly invoke the memory of two traumatic moments of Jewish historical experience: the Sephardic expulsions of the 1490s and the Holocaust. In this talk, Professor Casteel will argue that Caribbean Holocaust literature offers an important, neglected case study of the global circulation of Holocaust memory. Addressing a Caribbean tradition of crosscultural engagement that has been obscured by the institutional divide between Jewish studies and postcolonial studies, she will show how Holocaust memory has been reactivated by postwar Caribbean writers in the service of particular needs and political projects such as decolonization. Finally, Professor
Casteel will consider the work of a visual artist that further illuminates the global and colonial dimensions of the Holocaust and that problematizes the category of Holocaust art itself.


Sarah Phillips Casteel is Associate Professor of English at Carleton University, where she is cross-appointed to the Institute of African Studies and the Institute for Comparative Studies in Literature, Art and Culture, and where she co-founded the Centre for Transnational Cultural Analysis. The recipient of a Polanyi Prize from the Government of Ontario and a Horst Frenz Prize from the American Comparative Literature Association, she is the author of Second Arrivals: Landscape and Belonging in Contemporary Writing of the Americas (U of Virginia P, 2007) and the co-editor with Winfried Siemerling of Canada and Its Americas: Transnational Navigations (McGill-Queen's UP, 2010). Her new book, Calypso Jews: Jewishness in the Caribbean Literary Imagination, was published by Columbia University Press in January 2016.


This event is free and open to all. Registration is not required. For further information, contact the Centre for Diaspora and Transnational Studies at 416 946 8464.

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