Comparative Literature Luncheon: Porous Walls in Kafka, Coetzee, and Amos Kenan

February 15, 2017

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- At 12:15 pm Feb. 20, Nitzan Lebovic, associate professor of history and the Apter Chair of Holocaust Studies and Ethical Values at Lehigh University, will present ”Porous Walls in Kafka, Coetzee, and Amos Kenan” in Room 102 of the Kern Building.

Nitzan Lebovic is an associate professor of history and the Apter Chair of Holocaust studies and Ethical Values at Lehigh University. He received his BA in the History and Theory of Literature from Tel Aviv University and his PhD from UCLA. His first book, titled "The Philosophy of Life and Death: Ludwig Klages and the Rise of a Nazi Biopolitics" (2013) focused on the circle around the Lebensphilosopher and anti-Semitic thinker Ludwig Klages. His second book, about "Zionism and Melancholia: The Short Life of Israel Zarchi" was published in Hebrew in 2015 and is expected soon in English. Nitzan is also the co-editor of "The Politics of Nihilism" (2014)  and of "Catastrophe: A History and Theory of an Operative Concept" (2014), and of special issues of Rethinking History (Nihilism), Zmanim (Religion and Power), and The New German Critique (Political Theology).

This event is a part of the Comparative Literature Luncheon lecture series, a weekly, informal lunchtime gathering of students, faculty and other members of the University community. Each week the event begins at 12:15 p.m. – coffee, tea and light lunch fare are provided. At 12:30 p.m. there will be a presentation, by a visitor or a local speaker, on a topic related to any humanities discipline. All students, faculty, colleagues and friends are welcome. For a full list of Comparative Literature lunches, visit  This event is sponsored by the Department of Comparative Literature and the Center for Global Studies.    

Last Updated February 20, 2017