Centre for Languages and Literature

The Joint Faculties of Humanities and Theology | Lund University


Manager of research and research education, Yiddish

My research includes publications and conference papers that describe and analyze cultural, literary and linguistic phenomena in the fields of Yiddish literature, Jewish-American literature, Holocaust testimonies, and Jewish life-writing. My main scholarly contribution to the field of Yiddish studies is the monograph Imagining Lives: Autobiographical Fiction of Yiddish Writers (2005). This study examines the modern autobiography in Yiddish as it originated in the second half of the nineteenth century and developed in various transcontinental centers in the twentieth century. The book is the first comprehensive scholarly examination of the Yiddish autobiographical genre.
My current scholarly work, the forthcoming book Survivors and Exiles: Yiddish Culture after 1945 focuses on post-1945 Jewish literature in Yiddish and English including fiction by I.B.Singer and Chaim Grade, poetry by Yankev Glatshteyn, Avrom Sutzkever, and testimonial literature by Leib Rochman and Elie Wiesel.


About the research

Selected Publications


Imagining Lives: Autobiographical Fiction of Yiddish Writers (Wisconsin UP 2005)
ISBN 0-299-20960-1
Edited volumes

Editor. “Multilingual Jewish Literature in America,” Special Section of Prooftexts: A Journal of Jewish Literary History vol.30 (1) (2010). ”Introduction”, 1-5.
ISSN 0272-9601

Coeditor with Gaby Finder, University of Virginia, Antony Polonsky, Brandeis and Natalia Aleksiun, Touro College POLIN 20: Studies in Polish Jewry: “Memorializing the Holocaust”. (2007)
ISBN 978-19-041-1305-8

Journal articles and essays for anthologies

*“Speaking Tevye der milkhiger in Danish: Performance, Humor and World Literature”. Scholem Aleichem in Translation and the European Context, ed. Gennady Estraykh (Agenda, 2012)

* “Post-War Yiddish Holocaust Literature”, Jewish Holocaust Literature, ed. Alan Rosen, Cambridge UP (forthcoming 2012)

“Glatshteyn, Singer, Howe and Ozick: Performing Yiddish Poetry at the 92 Street Y, 1963-1969,” Prooftexts: A Journal of Jewish Literary History vol.30 (1) (2010):61-96
ISSN 0272-9601

”Blood Ties: Leib Rochman’s Yiddish War Diary” in The Memorial Books of Eastern European Jewry, ed. Rosemary Horowitz (McFarland Press 2010):163-182
ISBN 978-0-7864-4199-0


Books (3)
Editorships (3)
Articles (5)
Book chapters (8)
Encyclopaedia entries (1)
Articles in specialist publications and popular press (2)

Research portal (Lund University)



  • Manager of Research and Research Education at Yiddish


Jan Schwarz

Senior Lecturer, Manager of Research and Research Education
Centre for Languages and Literature

Contact information

E-mail jan.schwarzsol.luse

Phone +46 46 222 73 93

Room SOL:A309b

Visiting address Helgonabacken 12, Lund

Postal address Box 201, 221 00 Lund

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