Let's Talk About It:
Jewish Literature - Identity & Imagination

Perry Library of Old Dominion University will host a free five-part reading and discussion series called “Let’s Talk About It: Jewish Literature – Identity and Imagination”. The series explores Jewish literature and culture through scholar-led discussions of contemporary and classic books on a common theme. The library’s series will explore the theme of Demons, Golems, and Dybbuks: Monsters of the Jewish Imagination. These five tales, which are as much about bodies – the enchanting, the ailing, the monstrous –as about spirits leave the reader wondering: which is stranger, the supernatural world or our own.

Perry Library is one of 200 libraries nationwide receiving grants to host the series developed by Nextbook and the American Library Association (ALA) to support community programming and collaboration. Local support for the series is provided by Old Dominion University Institute of Jewish Studies and Interfaith Understanding.

The first program will explore Satan in Goray by Isaac Bashevis Singer and will be held Sunday, August 28, 2005 from 2-4 pm. All programs will be held in Room 151, Perry Library, Old Dominion University, 4427 Hampton Boulevard, Norfolk Virginia. Seating is limited so reservations are required for all programs in the series. To register for this first program, please RSVP to Frances McCraw at 757-683-4141 or Participants are encouraged to attend the entire series.

Additional books in the series will be discussed as follows:

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The Dybbuk by S. Ansky
- September 11;
The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
- October 16;
The Puttermesser Papers by Cynthia Ozick
- November 20
Angels in America by Tony Kushner
- December 11.

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Dr. David Metzger, Professor of English and Coordinator of Jewish Studies at Old Dominion University will lead the discussion at each session. Dr. Metzger has published extensively in the field of Jewish studies, covering a wide range of topics including biblical rhetoric, Emmanuel Levinas and postmodern Judaism, teaching Holocaust related materials, Jewish mysticism and Kushner’s Angels in America.

Books are availalbe for borrowing at Circulation Services. Books may also be purchased from Broad Street Books (757-622-2468) or Prince Books & Coffeehouse.