Sarah Hammerschlag

Assistant Professor of Religion and Literature; also in the College




MA, PhD (University of Chicago)

Sarah Hammerschlag is a scholar in the area of Religion and Literature. 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). 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 two manuscripts, one entitled "Sowers and Sages: The Renaissance of Judaism in Postwar Paris", and another on Levinas, Derrida, and Literature. She is also editing an anthology for Brandeis University Press on 20th-century French Jewish writing. 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.

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Current and Upcoming Courses

History of Judaism

32702 Jewish History and Society III: Messianism in Modernity
44702 The Other and the “Exotic” in Postwar Jewish Writing

Philosophy of Religions

45600 Derrida's 'Of Grammatology'

Religion and Literature

32400 Theory of Literature: The Twentieth Century
44702 The Other and the “Exotic” in Postwar Jewish Writing
45600 Derrida's 'Of Grammatology'