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brett ashley kaplan

Brett Ashley Kaplan
Author and Professor

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Professor, Program in Comparative and World Literatures at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign


I live in Champaign, IL, with my husband–our kids are in college or nearly so! and I direct the Initiative in Holocaust, Genocide, Memory Studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where I am a Professor of Comparative and World Literature. Before turning to fiction, I wrote Unwanted Beauty (2007), Landscapes of Holocaust Postmemory (2011), and Jewish Anxiety and the Novels of Philip Roth (2015). 


I’m now working on a second novel, Vandervelde Downs, about looted art found in a Vietnamese Refugee Center in England. 

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