This virtual program is presented by the SFSU Department of Jewish Studies as part of the Fall 2020 Lectures in Jewish Studies and co-sponsored by the Jewish Community Library. Click here to register (a free Zoom account is required).

Through an examination of the works of Ruth Klüger, Imre Kertesz, Primo Levi, Jean Améry, and Charlotte Delbo, Kitty Millet will trace the “radical humanism” that emerges in literature when survivors are the subjects of their own narratives.

Kitty Millet is professor of comparative Jewish literatures and Holocaust studies and chair of the department of Jewish studies at San Francisco State University. She is also chairperson of the International Comparative Literature Association research committee on Religion, Ethics, and Literature. Millet is the author of Fault Lines of Modernity: The Fractures and Repairs of Religion, Ethics and Literature (Bloomsbury, 2018) and The Victims of Slavery, Colonization and the Holocaust: A Comparative History of Persecution (Bloomsbury, 2017). She is currently working on a book titled Kabbalah and Literature, to be published by Bloomsbury in late 2021.