Professor Brett Ashley Kaplan

Professor Brett Kaplan

Contact Information

Comp & World Lit
3080 Flb
707 S Mathews
M/C 160
Urbana, IL 61801
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Biography

Brett Ashley Kaplan received her Ph.D. from the RhetoricDepartment at the University of California, Berkeley in 2002 and is now a Professor and Conrad Humanities Scholar in the Program in Comparative and World Literature at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign where she directs the Program in Jewish Culture & Society and the Initiative in Holocaust, Genocide, Memory Studies. Her first books, Unwanted Beauty: Aesthetic Pleasure in Holocaust Representation (2007) and Landscapes of Holocaust Postmemory(2011), examine the Shoah’s intersections with art and space. Turning morerecently to race in art and literature, she has published Jewish Anxiety in the Novels of Philip Roth (2015) and is workingon a project tentatively entitled jewblack is blackjew:tensions, intersections, and interactions among jewishness and blackness incontemporary art. She teaches classes in Jewish American Literature inDialogue with U.S. Minority Cultures, Literary Responses to the Holocaust,Introduction to Theory, Introduction to Holocaust, Genocide, Memory Studies,and single author/auteur classes on J.M. Coetzee, Philip Roth, Woody Allen,Marguerite Duras and Alain Resnais.

Research Interests

  • Holocaust art and literature, Jewish American literature, race and ethnicity in contemporary visual and performance art

Education

  • Ph.D. Berkeley, Rhetoric, 2002

Selected Publications

Books

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Kaplan, Brett Ashley Jewish Anxiety and the Novels of Philip Roth Bloomsbury 2015.
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Kaplan, Brett Ashley Landscapes of Holocaust Postmemory New York Routledge Taylor and Francis Group 2011.
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Kaplan, Brett Ashley Unwanted Beauty: Aesthetic Pleasure in Holocaust Representation Urbana University of Illinois Press 2007.