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Phyllis Lassner is Professor Emerita at Northwestern University and has published books and articles on British women writers and Holocaust representation and most recently co-edited The Palgrave Handbook of Holocaust Literature and Culture.

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John le Carré’s Jews

To mark the passing of the legendary spy author, Phyllis Lassner reflects on his questioning Jewish characters. John le Carré, who died on December 12, at the age of 89, relished the ambivalences, suspicions, and deceptions that mapped his fictional spyscapes. Like his life story, in the end, they remain riddled with unanswered questions. What […]


What types of Jewish culture have you been consuming during the pandemic?

To answer this question, I return to a beginning – a discovery in graduate school where my work concentrated on the history and theories of British literature.  When we reached the twentieth century, devoid of Jewish content, it was the Anglo-Irish writer Elizabeth Bowen who inspired my fascination with British Jewish history and culture.  Although I found Bowen a compelling writer, it was her treatment of British antisemitism […]

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