Peretz/Kafka/Chagall: A Jewish Modernist Triptych

Date: May 08, 2018 - May 22, 2018

Time: noon - 1:00 p.m.

Sponsor: Online Learning

Location: Online

Category: Community Courses Online Learning


Jewish writers and artists engaged modernity’s blessings and challenges through a variety of forms. We will consider paradigmatic works by three key figures from the early twentieth century—Y. L. Peretz, Franz Kafka, and Marc Chagall—focusing on shared themes and divergent modes of expression. Course will cover a series of interwar paintings by Chagall from Vitebsk and Paris and short readings for Peretz and Kafka (in translation from Yiddish and German, respectively), to be prepared in advance.

Three Tuesdays
May 8, 15, and 22, 2018
12:00–1:00 p.m. ET


Dr. Barbara Mann is professor of Jewish Literature and Simon H. Fabian Chair in Hebrew Literature at The Jewish Theological Seminary. Her areas of expertise include Israeli and Jewish literature, cultural studies, modern poetry, urban studies, literary modernism, and the fine arts. Dr. Mann is the author of Space and Place in Jewish Studies (Rutgers University Press, 2012) and A Place in History: Modernism, Tel Aviv and the Creation of Jewish Urban Space (Stanford University Press, 2005), in addition to numerous scholarly articles. She is coeditor in chief of Prooftexts: A Journal of Jewish Literary History. Dr. Mann has lectured and presented scholarly papers at seminars and conferences in the United States, Israel, and Europe. 

Cost: $60 (includes all curricular materials)

Space is limited. Advance registration required.

For more information, contact Lynn Feinman at or (212) 678-8821.