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) 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.
DVSC 30400 Introduction to the Study of Religion
History of Judaism
HIJD 32702 Jewish History and Society III: Messianism in Modernity
HIJD 33906 French Jewish Thought
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 30000 Introduction to Religion and Literature
RLIT 32400 Theory of Literature: The Twentieth Century
RLIT 33906 French Jewish Thought
RLIT 42204 Religion and Literature in France
RLIT 44702 The Other and the “Exotic” in Postwar Jewish Writing
RLIT 45600 Derrida's 'Of Grammatology'