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Vivian Liska

Vivian Liska is Professor of German literature and Director of the Institute of Jewish Studies at the University of Antwerp, Belgium. She is also Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Faculty of the Humanities at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She has published extensively on literary theory, German modernism, and German-Jewish authors and thinkers. Her book publications include The Night of the Hymns (On Paul Celan’s early poetry),The Tricksteresque Sublime (On Else Lasker Schüler); ‘Modernism – a Woman (On turn of the century women novelists); Giorgio Agamben’s Empty Messianism (in German 2008); When Kafka Says We: Uncommon Communities in German-Jewish Literature (Indiana University Press, 2009); Fremde Gemeinschaft. Deutsch-jüdische Literatur der Moderne (2011). German-Jewish Thought and its Afterlife. A Tenuous Legacy (Indiana University Press 2017).


Whose Goy?

When the authors speak of “our contemporary,” they must be wary of homogenizing the radically diversified world of contemporary Jewry and their equally diversified others.