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Jeffrey Shandler

Jeffrey Shandler

Jeffrey Shandler is a cultural historian who studies Jewish memory practices, especially the remembrance of the Holocaust and prewar Jewish life in Eastern Europe; Jewish cultural history, especially 20th-century media practices; Yiddish language, literature and culture; and the intellectual history of Jewish Studies, among other topics.

Shandler’s books include While America Watches: Televising the Holocaust (Oxford University Press, 1999); Adventures in Yiddishland: Postvernacular Language and Culture (University of California Press, 2005), a study of contemporary Yiddish culture; Jews, God, and Videotape: Religion and Media in America (New York University Press, 2009), which analyzes the impact of new communications technologies and media practices on American Jews’ religious life in the 20th century, from early recordings of cantorial music to hasidic outreach on the Internet; and Shtetl: A Vernacular Intellectual History (Rutgers University Press, 2014), an examination of how Jewish life in East European provincial towns has become the subject of extensive creativity, memory, and scholarship, from the early modern era to the present. Among other titles, Shandler is the editor of Awakening Lives: Autobiographies of Jewish Youth in Poland before the Holocaust (Yale University Press, 2002) and co-editor of Entertaining America: Jews, Movies, and Broadcasting (Princeton University Press, 2003) and Anne Frank Unbound: Media, Imagination, Memory (Indiana University Press, 2012).

At Rutgers, Professor Shandler teaches courses on Holocaust media, Yiddish culture, and Jewish art, among other topics.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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