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Brett Ashley Kaplan received her Ph.D. from the Rhetoric Department at the University of California, Berkeley in 2002 and is now a Professor and Conrad Humanities Scholar in the Program in Comparative and World Literature at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign where she directs the Program in Jewish Culture & Society and the Initiative in Holocaust, Genocide, Memory Studies. Her first books, Unwanted Beauty: Aesthetic Pleasure in Holocaust Representation (2007) and Landscapes of Holocaust Postmemory (2011), examine the Shoah’s intersections with art and space. Turning more recently to race in art and literature, she has published Jewish Anxiety in the Novels of Philip Roth (2015) and is working on a project tentatively entitled jewblack is blackjew: tensions, intersections, and interactions among jewishness and blackness in contemporary art. She teaches classes in Jewish American Literature in Dialogue with U.S. Minority Cultures, Literary Responses to the Holocaust, Introduction to Theory, Introduction to Holocaust, Genocide, Memory Studies, and single author/auteur classes on J.M. Coetzee, Philip Roth, Woody Allen, Marguerite Duras and Alain Resnais.


Ph.D. Berkeley, Rhetoric, 2002

Research Interests

Holocaust art and literature
Jewish American literature
race and ethnicity in contemporary visual and performance art

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Comp & World Lit
3080 Flb
707 S Mathews
M/C 160
Urbana, IL 61801

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Research Output

How Many Feminists Does It Take to Screw in a Lightbulb?

Kaplan, B. A., 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Philip Roth Studies. Spring 2019, p. 68-78

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

How many feminists does it take to screw in a light bulb?

Kaplan, B. A., Jan 1 2019, In : Philip Roth Studies. 15, 1, p. 68-78 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Memory as fluid process: James friedman's "12 nazi concentration camps" and gunter demnig's stolpersteine

Kaplan, B. A., Jan 1 2019, In : Shofar. 37, 1, p. 41-71 31 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Memory as Fluid Process: James Friedman’s “12 Nazi Concentration Camps” and Gunter Demnig’s Stolpersteine

    Kaplan, B. A., 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Shofar. 37, 1, p. 41-71

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Philip Roth

    Kaplan, B. A., 2018, Dictionary of Literary Biography: Twenty-First-Century American Novelists, Third Series. Gale, Vol. 382. p. 236-249

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingEntry for encyclopedia/dictionary