Dr. Susan Jacobowitz - English

Links

Name: Susan Jacobowitz

Education:
Ph.D, English and American Literature, Brandeis University;
MFA, English and Creative Writing, Mills College,
MA History, Arizona State University;
BA Liberal Arts/Humanities, Arizona State University.

Courses I Teach:
English 102: Introduction to Literature; English 445: World Literature II: Masterpieces from the Eighteenth to the Twentieth Centuries; English 446: Contemporary Literature in English; English 815: Holocaust and Second Generation Literature
 
Teaching Philosophy:
I believe that education is an essential part of finding out who we are and figuring out how to be in the world. It changes lives and opens doors. I am a strong proponent of higher education!

Research Interests:
Second generation literature, Jewish & immigrant literature, the Jewish graphic novel, Australian Jewish literature, post-war Jewish writing in Europe

Publications:

““`Under the strange, somehow transparent light of the southern skies:’ Jewish Writers in Australia,” in Amit Sarwal and Reema Sarwal (eds.), Reading Down Under – Australian Literary Studies Reader. New Delhi: Authors Press, 2008.

“Jewish Writers in Australia,” in Nicholas Birns and Rebecca McNeer (eds.), Companion to Australian Literature after 1900. Rochester, New York: University of Rochester Press, Camden House, November 2007.

“Words and Pictures Together: An Interview with Art Spiegelman,” in Joseph Witek (ed.), Art Spiegelman: Conversations.  Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2007.

“The Conflicts and Challenges of Judaism in Texts by Second Generation Authors,” in Daniel Walden and Evelyn Avery (eds)., Studies in American Jewish Literature, “Towards Tradition: Contemporary American Jewish Authors and Their Response to Judaism,” Volume 25, 2006.

“The Holocaust Daughter: The Poetry and Fiction of Lily Brett,” Australian Journal of Jewish Studies, Melbourne, Australia, 2006.

“Chuck E. Cheese at Noon: Adventures in Parenting and Academe,” in R. Hile Bassett (ed.), Parenting and Professing: Balancing Family Work With an Academic Career.  Nashville, TN: Vanderbilt University Press, June 2005.

“Hardly There Even When She Wasn’t Lost’: Orthodox Daughters and the “Mind-Body’ Problem in Contemporary Jewish American Fiction,” Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies, Spring 2004.

Presentations/Activities:

“`Tsibeles, Pretzels, Blondinnies and Red-Heads:’ The Trials and Terrors of Assimilation in Serge Liberman’s Short Fiction,” The American Association of Australian Literary Studies Panel, Modern Language Association Conference, Chicago, IL, December 27-30, 2007.

“’Reffos, Wogs and Dagoes:’ The Immigration Experience in Post-World War II Australia,” 2007 Annual Conference, American Association of Australian Literary Studies (AAALS), Georgetown University, March 22-24, 2007.

“’We have put up many flags, they have put up many flags’ Muslim and Jewish Poetic Meta-Narratives of Jerusalem,” Jerusalem Across the Disciplines, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, February 19-21, 2007.

“My Life for a Photograph: Travel, Commemoration and the Ravages of Grief, Subcarpathian Ruthenia, 1993,” West Goes East: (Re)turning to Eastern Europe After 1989,” The Romanian Discussion Group, Modern Language Association Conference, Philadelphia, PA, December 27-30, 2006.

“The Conflicts and Challenges of Judaism in Second Generation Texts,” Association for Jewish Studies Conference, Washington, DC, December 18-20, 2005.

“Religion and Ritual in Texts by American Second Generation Authors,” Jewish American and Holocaust Literature Symposium, American Literature Association, Boca Raton, Florida, October 19-23, 2005.

“Transitions and Transpositions: The (E)Merging Identities of Lily Brett,” 2005 Annual Conference, American Association of Australian Literary Studies (AAALS), Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 29 & 30 April 2005.

“The Holocaust Daughter: The Poetry and Fiction of Lily Brett,” Jewish American and Holocaust Literature Symposium, American Literature Association, Boca Raton, Florida, October 13-17, 2004.

“Art Spiegelman’s Maus: Second Generation ‘Ur’ Text,” The Holocaust and Jewish Survival, Jewish Studies Area/Popular Culture Association, San Antonio, Texas, April 7-10, 2004.

“At Home in the World’: The Transformative Power of Jean Webster Heroines,” Women’s Connection Panel, National College English Association Conference, Richmond, Virginia, April 1-3, 2004.

“Teaching Class in Class: Toni Cade Bambara and Tillie Olsen,” Teaching Class: Perspectives from the Community College, Modern Language Association Conference, San Diego, California, December 2003.

“Hardly There Even When She Wasn’t Lost”: Orthodox Daughters and the `Mind-Body’ Problem in Modern American Fiction,” Jewish American Women Writers’ Symposium, Jewish American and Holocaust Literature Conference, American Literature Association, Boca Raton, Florida, October 23-26, 2003.

“Hardly There Even When She Wasn’t Lost”: Orthodox Daughters and the `Mind-Body’ Problem in Modern American Fiction,” Jewish Women’s Writing in Great Britain and the United States from the 1990s and Beyond, Mainz University, February 1, 2003.

The City University of New York:

The Jewish Graphic Novel, Nextbook Seminar, Fall 2008.  Texts: Will Eisner, A Contract With God, Art Spiegelman, Maus, Ben Katchor, Julius Knipl: Real Estate Photographer, Harvey Pekar, The Quitter, Joann Sfar, The Rabbi’s Cat.

“Blood,” excerpt, “Far From Childhood: A Holocaust Memoir,” Spring Faculty Creative Writers Reading, Queensborough Community College, March 12, 2008.

“Second Generation Literature: Graphic Novels and other Works by Children of Survivors,” The Holocaust and Teaching Tolerance for Older Readers, Sources and Services, The Harriet and Kenneth Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center and Archives in conjunction with the Association of Research Libraries (ACL), Queensborough Community College, November 9, 2007.

“Journey,” excerpt, “Far From Childhood: A Holocaust Memoir,” Spring Faculty Creative Writers Reading, Queensborough Community College, April 18, 2007.

“Negotiating Disciplines, Disciplinarity, and the Academic Institution,” Women, Gender and Pedagogy Conference, The City University of New York Graduate Center, February 24, 2006.

“Fusing Past and Present: Writing, Healing and Personal Identity,” The Writer as Self-Healer: Student/Teacher Perspectives, Writing to Heal, Writing to Learn, CUNY Association of Writing Supervisors, 26th Annual Conference, November 8, 2002.

Research travel:
Hungary, Ukraine, Poland and Germany