November 30, 2023 - 4:00 pm
November 30, 2023 - 5:30 pm
Address314 Royce Hall View map
A Jewish Childhood in the Muslim Mediterranean brings together the fascinating personal stories of Jewish writers, scholars, and intellectuals who came of age in lands where Islam was the dominant religion and everyday life was infused with the politics of the French imperial project. Prompted by novelist Leïla Sebbar to reflect on their childhoods, these writers offer literary portraits that gesture to a universal condition while also shedding light on the exceptional nature of certain experiences. The childhoods captured here are undeniably Jewish, but they are also Moroccan, Algerian, Tunisian, Egyptian, Lebanese, and Turkish; each essay thus testifies to the multicultural, multilingual, and multi-faith community into which its author was born. The present translation makes this unique collection available to an English-speaking public for the first time. The original version, published in French in 2012, was awarded the Prix Haïm Zafrani, a prize given by the Elie Wiesel Institute of Jewish Studies to a literary project that valorizes Jewish civilization in the Muslim world.
Lia Brozgal is Professor of French and Francophone Studies in the Department of European Languages and Transcultural Studies at University of California, Los Angeles. Her most recent book is Absent the Archive: Cultural Traces of a Massacre in Paris (17 October 1961).
Rebecca Glasberg is the Eli Reinhard Postdoctoral Fellow at the Taube Center for Jewish Studies at Stanford University. Her research focuses on representations of Jews and Jewishness in French-language North African literary production from the mid-twentieth century to the present day.
Thursday, November 30, 2023 • 314 Royce Hall • 4 PM
A Jewish Childhood in the Muslim Mediterranean
Viterbi Program in Mediterranean Jewish Studies
Lia Brozgal (UCLA) & Rebecca Glasberg (Stanford)
Discussant: Jill Jarvis (Yale)
Moderator: Sarah Abrevaya Stein (UCLA)
UCLA Department of European Languages and Transcultural Studies
UCLA Department of Comparative Literature
UCLA Department of History
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