Rachel Brenner, professor

by CJS Admin
Phone: 608-262-6102
Email: brenner@wisc.edu
Address: 1354 Van Hise Hall, 1220 Linden Dr., Madison, WI 53706
Website: http://hebrew.wisc.edu/

Education

Ph.D., York University, Toronto, English Department, 1986
M.A., Tel Aviv University, Israel, 1976
B.A., Hebrew University, Israel, 1968

Areas of Research

Modern Hebrew Literature, Holocaust literature and ethics

Courses Taught

Modern Hebrew Literature, Israeli literature, Representations of Women in Jewish Literature, Zionism from Inception to the State

Selected Publications

Assimilation and Assertion: The Response to the Holocaust in Mordecai Richler’s Writings; A.M. Klein, The Father of Canadian Jewish Literature: Essays in the Poetics of Humanistic Passion. Received The Book Committee of the Jewish Federation of Greater Toronto Literary Scholarship Award. Writing as Resistance: Four Women Confronting the Holocaust: Edith Stein, Simone Weil, Anne Frank, and Etty Hillesum. Reprinted in Paperback, translated into Spanish. Inextricably Bonded–Israeli Jewish and Arab Writers Re-Visioning Culture. Reprinted in Paperback. The Freedom to Write: The Woman-Artist and the World in Ruth Almog’s Fiction [Hebrew].

Honors and Awards

2011 Kellet Mid-Career Faculty Research Award ($60,000)
2009 Honored Instructors Award, University Housing
2009 Honored Instructors Award, Chadbourne Residential College
2009 Max and Frieda Weinstein-Bascom Professorship in Jewish Studies (five
years appointment)
2008 Senior Fellow, Institute for Research in the Humanities (five years
appointment)
2004 Rabbi Joseph L. Baron Faculty Achievement Award, Wisconsin Society
for Jewish Learning
2006 Sosland Family Fellowship, The Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies,
United States Holocaust Museum
2004 The George Mosse Faculty Exchange Award to Hebrew University
2001 NEH Fellowship
2000 Vilas Associate Award
2000 Skirball Visiting Fellowship, Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish
Studies
1996 Canadian Studies Research Grant awarded by Social Sciences and
Humanities Research Council of Canada the Government of Canada
1995 Research grant awarded by the Memorial Foundation for Jewish
Culture
1992 The Book Committee of the Jewish Federation of Greater Toronto Literary
Scholarship Award for A.M. Klein, The Father of Canadian Jewish Literature:
Essays in the Poetics of Humanistic Passion
1990 Canada Research Fellowship awarded by the Social Sciences and Humanities
Research Council of Canada (three years tenure), Centre for Jewish Studies,
York University
1992 The Book Committee of the Jewish Federation of Greater Toronto Literary
Scholarship Award for A.M. Klein, The Father of Canadian Jewish Literature: Essays in the Poetics of Humanistic Passion
1990 Canada Research Fellowship awarded by the Social Sciences and Humanities
Research Council of Canada (three years tenure), Centre for Jewish Studies,
York University
1989 Post-Doctoral Fellowship Renewal, Center for Religious Studies, University of Toronto

Research Statement / Bio

My research focuses on literary reflections of the Holocaust in Diaspora literature, Israeli literature, and Holocaust diaries. My current project, entitled “The Ethics of Witnessing” explores the responses to the Holocaust in the war diaries of Gentile Polish writers in occupied Warsaw.

Affiliations

Women’s Studies