Brett Ashley Kaplan is Associate Professor in the Program in Comparative and World Literature and the Program in Jewish Culture and Society at the University of Illinois. A scholar of Holocaust representation, she is the author of Unwanted Beauty: Aesthetic Pleasure in Holocaust Representation (2007) and numerous articles on such writers as Philip Roth, Jorge Semprun, and Paul Celan. Most recently, she published Landscapes of Holocaust Postmemory (2010), which she will introduce in this lecture. Kaplan’s book investigates how the Holocaust registers in our increasingly globally connected consciousness. Ranging over a series of historically and geographically diverse spaces, photographs, and texts, she investigates the physical and mental landscapes of the Holocaust and their transformations from the postwar period to the early twenty-first century. 

Location: Music Room, Levis Faculty Center, 919 W. Illinois St, Urbana

Date: Monday, February 21, 2011, 7:00 pm