707 S Mathews
Urbana, IL 61801
Brett Ashley Kaplan received her Ph.D. from the Rhetoric Department 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 more recently to race in art and literature, she has published Jewish Anxiety in the Novels of Philip Roth (2015) and is working on a project tentatively entitled jewblack is blackjew: tensions, intersections, and interactions among jewishness and blackness in contemporary art. She teaches classes in Jewish American Literature in Dialogue 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.
Holocaust art and literature
Jewish American literature
race and ethnicity in contemporary visual and performance art
Ph.D. Berkeley, Rhetoric, 2002
Additional Campus Affiliations
Professor, Program in Comparative and World Literature
Professor, Germanic Languages and Literatures
Professor, Program in Jewish Culture and Society
Professor, Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory
Professor, French and Italian
Kaplan, B. A. (2020). “Grotesquery to the Surface”: The Leo Frank Case and Philip Roth’s The plot against America revisited in trump’s alt-right America. Studies in American Jewish Literature, 39(1), 44-72. . https://doi.org/10.5325/studamerjewilite.39.1.0044
Kaplan, B. A. (2019). How many feminists does it take to screw in a light bulb? Philip Roth Studies, 15(1), 68-78. https://doi.org/10.5703/philrothstud.15.1.0068
Kaplan, B. A. (Accepted/In press). How Many Feminists Does It Take to Screw in a Lightbulb? Philip Roth Studies, Spring 2019, 68-78.
Kaplan, B. A. (2019). Memory as fluid process: James friedman's "12 nazi concentration camps" and gunter demnig's stolpersteine. Shofar, 37(1), 41-71. https://doi.org/10.1353/sho.2019.0002
Kaplan, B. A. (Accepted/In press). Memory as Fluid Process: James Friedman’s “12 Nazi Concentration Camps” and Gunter Demnig’s Stolpersteine. Shofar, 37(1), 41-71.