JEWISH STUDIES FACULTY STUDENT RESEARCH SEMINAR
(Conferences / Seminars / Lectures)
"A Geography of Mourning: Jewish American Narratives"
Steve Weiland, Michigan State University
Steve Weiland explores autobiographical accounts of mourning, distinguishing those that follow the traditional path (e.g., the year of synagogue-based observance) from those that are historical, genealogical, and often geographical, or featuring travel to Eastern Europe in search of origins. In the first category are narratives like Ari Goldman's "A Year of Kaddish"; in the second are tales like Nancy Miller's "What Was Saved: Pieces of a Jewish Past." These texts allow for a look at the level of the individual at questions of Jewish-American identity as they appeared last year in the Pew Research Center's "Portrait of Jewish Americans."