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Samuel P. Catlin

Samuel P. Catlin is the Irving M. and Marilyn C. Shuman Visiting Assistant Professor of Jewish Thought at the University at Buffalo, SUNY. A scholar of twentieth-century American Jewish literature, his work is published or forthcoming in Prooftexts, Parapraxis, Post45: Contemporaries, and elsewhere.



Sibboleth: A Reply to Zadie Smith on the War in Gaza

In taking up shibboleth at the near end of its itinerary from “stream” to “cliché,” Smith shortchanges the capacity of this particular narrative—one of the Bible’s most memorable and disturbing myths of sovereign power—to address what is happening, now, “in the case of Israel/Palestine.”

<strong>Death of an Author</strong>

Readers who insist on interpreting Susan Taubes’s novel Divorcing as a veiled autobiography misunderstand the novel’s radical irony.