Cultural Expressions of World War II

Series Editor: Phyllis Lassner

Congratulations to Rachel Feldhay Brenner, author of The Ethics of Witnessing: The Ethics of Witnessing: The Holocaust in Polish Writers’ Diaries from Warsaw, 1939-1945 for winning the ASEEES 2015 USC Book Prize in Literary and Cultural Studies! This award is given each year by the Association for Slavic, East European, & Eurasian Studies to the most outstanding monograph published on Russia, Eastern Europe or Eurasia in the fields of literary and cultural studies.

Congratulations to Julia Creet, Sara R. Horowitz and Amira Bojadzija-Dan, editors of the volume H.G. Adler: Life, Literature Legacy, for winning the Canadian Jewish Literary Award in the Jewish Thought and Culture category. The award describes the book as follows:

H.G. Adler: Life, Literature, Legacy (Northwestern University Press), edited by Julia Creet, Sara R. Horowitz and Amira Bojadzija-Dan, is the first collection of essays in English dedicated to the life and work of German-language author H. G. Adler. The essays examine Adler’s writing in relation to his life, especially his memory as a survivor of the Nazi death camps. Historian, Simon Schama, says that Adler's work deserves a place beside other twentieth century witnesses of the concentration camps such as Primo Levi. This is not only the first collection of essays in English dedicated to Adler’s life and work, it is an important volume that will be a standard reference in many fields for years to come.

Cultural Expressions of World War II publishes scholarly works that respond to the years of crisis before World War II, the global war itself, the Holocaust, and to past and present memories and memorializations of the 1930s and 1940s. The goal of the series is to enhance interest in each of these subjects by providing enriching interdisciplinary linkages among them from various perspectives and locations: local, national, international, and transnational.

In addition to literary representations, this series’ interdisciplinary approach includes studies of biography and autobiography, testimony as narrative, film, theater, and dance, along with photography and the visual arts, music, journalism, propaganda, and architecture.

Theoretical approaches to cultural representation include the everyday, gender and queer theories, politics, Holocaust studies, trauma, modernism, intermodernism, and popular culture, the middlebrow, psycho-ethical concepts of empathy, and postcolonial theory.