Challenging Binaries and Unfencing Fields

An Interview with Bryan Cheyette

  • Rebekah Vince French, Durham University
  • Hanna Teichler Anglophone Literatures and Cultures, Goethe University, Frankfurt
Keywords: postcolonial studies, global studies, memory studies, Jewish studies, Holocaust studies, ghetto, diaspora, cosmopolitanism, world literature


Bryan Cheyette is Professor of Modern Literature and Culture at the University of Reading, where he directs the Identities and Minorities research group. His comparative research focuses on critical ‘race’ theory, postcolonial literature and theory, diasporic literature, Holocaust testimony, and, more recently, the social history of the ghetto. In January 2019, the Warwick Memory Group invited Bryan Cheyette to give a public lecture on ‘The Ghetto as Travelling Concept’, in the light of his forthcoming A Very Short Introduction to the Ghetto (2020), and a workshop on ‘Unfenced Fields in Academia and Beyond’. In a wide-ranging interview, Bryan Cheyette speaks of the interconnections between Jewish studies and postcolonial studies, bringing these into dialogue with memory discourses and our contemporary moment.

Image of Prof Cheyette, photo credit Cesar Rodriguez


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