Sholem Aleichem may be the best known of the Jewish Eastern European writers but a panoply of writers from the Haskalah (Jewish Enlightenment) and early 1900s contributed to the canon of Jewish inflected literature. Their influence is reflected today in the writings of authors from Philip Roth to Michael Chabon and most recently in the Tony award-winning play “Indecent”. Professor Jeremy Dauber brings life to these early writers and their legacies.
Charter Oak Cultural Center is excited to welcome Jeremy Dauber, author of "Jewish Comedy: A Serious History."
In a major work of scholarship both erudite and very funny, Jeremy Dauber traces the origins of Jewish comedy and its development from biblical times to the age of Twitter. His exploration takes us from the Book of Esther to Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm from the work of such masters as Sholem Aleichem, Franz Kafka, the Marx Brothers, Woody Allen, Joan Rivers, Philip Roth, Sarah Silverman, and Jon Stewart. Jeremy Dauber is the Atran Professor of Yiddish Language, Literature and Culture at Columbia University. He is the author of several books on Jewish literature.
This event is free and open to the community, but space is limited. To reserve admission, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
This event is made possible by a partnership with The Charter Oak Cultural Center, The Mandell JCC of Greater Hartford, The Maurice Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Hartford and University of Connecticut Center for Judaic Studies.