First Australian to win prestigious Jewish Studies award

Professor Leah Garrett, Loti Smorgon Professor of Contemporary Jewish Life and Culture at the Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation (ACJC) at Monash University, has won the prestigious Jordan Schnitzer Book Award for Young Lions: How Jewish Authors Reinvented the American War Novel. She is the first scholar based outside of Israel or the US to win this award.

This book shows how Jews, traditionally castigated as weak and cowardly, for the first time become the popular literary representative of what it meant to be a solider and an American. Garrett uses never before seen material to discuss how novels, ranging from Norman Mailer’s The Naked and the Dead to Joseph Heller’s Catch-22, reshaped America’s idea about war and the Holocaust.

The Washington Times has called Young Lions a:

probingly intelligent book that shows a rareunderstanding not just of American Jewish life and culture during World War II and its aftermath, but of US society in all its glorious complexity…

Garrett’s research at the ACJC has focused on the relationship between Yiddish, English, German and Hebrew literature and the modern world. In 2018 Garrett will be moving back to her native New York where she will be creating a new centre for Jewish Learning as Director and Professor of JewishStudies at Hunter College, City College of New York.

Professor Leah Garrett is happy to be contacted for further information: 0405 003 647 /

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