October 10, 2018, 6:30pm
Light Reception 6:00pm
Kansas City Public Library- Plaza Branch
4801 Main Street
Kansas City, MO 64112
Holocaust scholar F.K. Clementi will speak about the centuries-long build-up of antisemitism that made the Holocaust possible. This talk also connects the subject to American antisemitism/xenophobia/racism (particularly from the late 1800s to WWI). Within this context, the Holocaust takes on a brand new dimension and it appears no longer as a freak accident of history, but quite the plausible consequence of a long-in-the-making design.
F. K. Clementi is Associate Professor of Jewish Studies, and Peter and Bonnie McCausland Fellow of English Language and Literature at the University of South Carolina, where she teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on the Holocaust and women’s cultural production. In particular, her focus is on women’s autobiographies, before during and after WWII, and the psychoanalytical analysis of what these texts reveal about the effects of patriarchy on the Jewish Familienroman.
She is the author of Holocaust Mothers and Daughters: Family, History, and Trauma, and of several articles on the subject of genocide, the relation between patriarchy and violence, especially as it targets women and minorities.
Her article about French philosopher Sarah Kofman “Nightbirds, Nightmares and the Mothers’ Smile – won the national Florence Howe Award for Feminist Scholarship.
She is currently working on an eco-feminist reading of 20th-century Jewish literature.