Comedy In Contemporary Jewish Fiction
In this talk Professor Brauner will discuss the relationship between comedy and Jewishness in contemporary fiction. Taking in a wide range of authors from both sides of the Atlantic, including Philip Roth and Howard Jacobson, the talk will feature plenty of Jewish jokes and will consider why Jewish humour is so central to the work of many of the most famous Jewish authors of the last fifty years.
David Brauner is Professor of Contemporary Literature at The University of Reading and Executive Co-editor of Philip Roth Studies. He grew up in North London and was educated at Haberdashers’ Aske’s School, Pembroke College, Cambridge and University College, London. He is the author of three books – Post-War Jewish Fiction: Ambivalence, Self-Explanation and Transatlantic Connections (Palgrave/Macmillan, 2001), Philip Roth (Manchester University Press, 2007) and Contemporary American Fiction (Edinburgh University Press, 2010) – and the co-editor (with Axel Staehler) of The Edinburgh Companion to Modern Jewish Fiction (2015). He is currently working on a book on Howard Jacobson.