Keynote Speaker for The Promised Land: Professor Bryan Cheyette

Paper Title: ‘British-Jewish Utopias and Dystopias from Zangwill to Jacobson’

Bryan Cheyette is Chair in Modern Literature at the University of Reading. He is the editor or author of nine books most recently Diasporas of the Mind: Jewish/Postcolonial Writing and the Nightmare of History (Yale University Press, 2013) and (with Peter Boxall) volume seven of the Oxford History of the Novel in English (on the British and Irish novel, 1940-present) which OUP will publish in January 2016. He is currently working on a biography of Israel Zangwill for Yale UP and has reviewed contemporary fiction for the TLS, the Independent and the Guardian.

Jeremy Solomons

Paper Title: ‘East, North and West End: The Promised Land across London in the Plays of Bernard Kops’

Jeremy Solomons  is a PhD candidate in English Literature at the University of Reading, U.K., and Graduate Student in Residence at Boston University, MA, U.S.A.  His topic is Anglo-Jewish drama since World War II. He has studied theatre with Augusto Boal (Theatre of the Oppressed) and Keith Johnstone (Impro). After 15 years working full-time in professional theatre working on the production side, he founded three youth theatres in Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire writing and directing over 20 productions.  Since then he has taught writing, literature, and drama at further education colleges, in U.K. and at Massasoit Community College, Suffolk and Boston Universities.  He lives in Brookline MA with his wife and has two college age sons.