Phyllis Lassner Professor Emerita in The Crown Center for Jewish and Israel Studies, Gender Studies, and Writing Program at Northwestern University

Phyllis Lassner is Professor Emerita in The Crown Center for Jewish and Israel Studies, Gender Studies, and Writing Program at Northwestern University.  She has published on interwar and World War II women writers, including two books on Elizabeth Bowen, British Women Writers of World War II, Colonial Strangers, Anglo-Jewish Women Writing the Holocaust, as well as essays on Holocaust representation in literature and film.  Her most recent book is Espionage and Exile: Fascism and Anti-Fascism in British Spy Fiction and Film (Edinburgh UP, 2017).  She was the recipient of the International Diamond Jubilee Fellowship at Southampton University, UK.  Her current research concerns Holocaust refugee art, Polish post-Holocaust film, and British Holocaust theater. She co-edited the 2017 special issue of The Space Between journal on the subject of “Espionage as Cultural Artifact” and is a past co-President of the Space Between. She now serves on its Advisory Board.

Jewish Studies Courses

  • English 105: Writing About Children and the Holocaust
  • English 205: Intermediate Writing about Children & Holocaust
  • Gender Studies 382:  Gender, Race, & the Holocaust
  • Jewish Studies 350: Representing the Holocaust in Literature and Film