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16:00 - 17:30 3 November 2017

Meïr Aaron Goldschmidt and the Danish Jewish Novel


Room 101 | UCL Department of Scandinavian Studies (link Map)
16-18 Gordon Square | WC1H 0AG | United Kingdom

Open to: Alumni | Public | Academic | Student
Admission: Free
Ticketing: Open

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Gantt Gurley, Associate Professor of Scandinavian, University of Oregon, Gantt Gurley is Associate Professor of Scandinavian at the University of Oregon. The Director of The Harold Schnitzer Family Program in Judaic Studies, he was a Harry Starr Fellow in Judaica at the Center for Jewish Studies at Harvard University. His first book Meïr Aaron Goldschmidt and the Poetics of Jewish Fiction examines one of Denmark’s greatest nationalistic writers as first and foremost a Jewish artist, exploring his relationship to the Hebrew Bible and later Rabbinical traditions such as the Talmud and the Midrash as a form of poetics.

Meïr Goldschmidt's debut novel, A Jew, published in Danish in 1845, is one of the first Jewish novels and one of the first examples of a modern Jewish literature. This talk will examine how Goldschmidt's specific Jewish reading habits influenced his development of the novel and his use of language. Through a close reading of the text, Goldschmidt's position in the Danish Golden Age will be reevaluated and his challenge to Romanticism at large revealed.


Jakob Stougaard-Nielsen
+44 (0)77 86478895 | j.stougaard-nielsen@ucl.ac.uk


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