Sarah Hammerschlag

Director of the MA Program and Assistant Professor of Religion and Literature, Philosophy of Religions and History of Judaism; also in the College




MA, PhD (University of Chicago)

Sarah Hammerschlag is a scholar in the area of Religion, Literature, and Visual Culture. Her research thus far has focused on the position of Judaism in the post-World War II French intellectual scene, a field that puts her at the crossroads of numerous disciplines and scholarly approaches including philosophy, literary studies, and intellectual history. She is the author of The Figural Jew: Politics and Identity in Postwar French Thought (University of Chicago Press, 2010)  and Broken Tablets: Levinas, Derrida and the Literary Afterlife of Religion, which is forthcoming in 2016 with Columbia University press.  The Figural Jew received an Honorable Mention for the 2012 Jordan Schnitzer Book Award, given by the Association of Jewish Scholars, and was a finalist for the AAR's Best First Book in the History of Religions in 2011. She has written essays on Jacques Derrida, Emmanuel Levinas and Maurice Blanchot which have appeared in Critical Inquiry, Jewish Quarterly Review and Shofar, among other places. She is currently working on a manuscript entitled "Sowers and Sages: The Renaissance of Judaism in Postwar Paris" and editing an anthology for Brandeis University Press on 20th-century French Jewish writing.

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Current and Upcoming Courses

Divinity School

DVSC 30400 Introduction to the Study of Religion

History of Judaism

HIJD 32702 Jewish History and Society III: Messianism in Modernity

HIJD 44702 The Other and the “Exotic” in Postwar Jewish Writing

Philosophy of Religions

DVPR 45600 Derrida's 'Of Grammatology'

Religion, Literature, and Visual Culture

RLIT 32400 Theory of Literature: The Twentieth Century

RLIT 42204 Religion and Literature in France

RLIT 42205 Religion and Literature in France 1954-1972

RLIT 44702 The Other and the “Exotic” in Postwar Jewish Writing

RLIT 45600 Derrida's 'Of Grammatology'