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F. K. Clementi

Associate Professor
McCausland Fellow
Department of English Language and Literature

Phone Number: (803) 576-5885
Office: HUO 508
Curriculum vitae: Download PDF


PhD, Graduate Center, City University of New York, 2008
MA, Brandeis University, 1998
Laurea Summa Cum Laude, University of Rome La Sapienza, Italy, 1995

Areas of Specialization 

   Holocaust Studies
   Jewish Fiction, Autobiographies and Film
   Jewish Literature and Thought
   Jewish Diaspora - Europe and America: History, Literature, and Cultural Productions
   Feminist and Psychoanalytical Approaches to Western Cultural Production

Recently Taught Courses 

   Women and Shoah Memory, Memoirs and Memorials
   At Home in the Shtetl: Pre-War Jewish Life through Literature
   Fictional Memory: Women's Autobiographies and the Definition of the Self
   Melting Identities: The Formation of a Jewish-American Identity
   Family Matters: Twentieth-Century Jewish Women Remembering Family and/as History
   Great Books of the Western World (II): Europe - From Enlightenment to Disenlightenment - A Postmodern Approach
   Diasporas: Jews and Other Immigrants Writing Their American Story

Professional Accolades 

   English Department's Teacher of the Year Award, 2013
   Forence Home Award for Feminist Scholarship from Modern Language Association Women's Caucus, 2012
   University of South Carolina College of Arts and Sciences Summer Research Stipend Award, 2011
   Josephine Abney Award in Women's and Gender Studies, 2010
   Honorable Mention for the Carolyn Heilbrun Award, 2008-2009
   The National Foundation for Jewish Culture and The Maurice and Marilyn Cohen Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship in Jewish Studies, 2007-2009
   Blanksteen Fellowship in Jewish Studies, 2006-2007

Current Research Projects 

Presently working on book about French philosopher and Shoah survivor Sarah Kofman.

Selected Publications 

Holocaust Mothers and Daughters: Family, History, and Trauma. Brandeis University Press, 2013.

   "Natalia Ginzburg, Clara Sereni, Lia Levi: Jewish Italian Women Recapturing City, Family and National Memory," forthcoming in The European Journal of Women's Studies.
   "The JAP, the Yenta and the Mame in Aline Kominsky Crumb's Graphic Imagination" The Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics (Routledge University Press) June 2012.
   "Nightbirds, Nightmares and the Mothers' Smile: Art and Psychoanalysis in Sarah Kofman's Life-Writing." Women in French Studies, 2011.
   "Helena Janeczek's Lessons of Darkness: Uncharted Paths to Shoah Memory through Food and Language." Contemporary Women Writers (Oxford University Press) Fall 2011.
   "Challenging (Jewish) Invisibility: Natalia Ginzburg, Lia Levi and Clara Sereni Reinterpreting City, Family and Memory," forthcoming in the volume Performing Pasts, Inventing Selves: History and Identity in Contemporary Jewish Writing, Philippe Codde, Vivian Liska, Gert Buelens, and Kristiaan Versluys eds. Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 2011.
   "DOWN, DOWN AND WITHIN! The Superpowers of Jewish Women's Graphic Memory," contributed to the catalogue for the exhibition "Graphic Details: Confessional Comics by Jewish Women" (The Jewish Forward) 2010.
   "Indispensabile naturalezza: Una conversazione con Federica K.Clementi" in the volume Wyslawa Szymborska, Opere. Pietro Marchesani, ed. Milan, Italy: Adelphi Edizioni, 2008. (Conversation with the author)
   "'Shoah Delle Donne': Famiglia e Esperienza Personale nella Letteratura Femminile della Shoah" ["'Women's Shoah:' Family and Personal Experience in Female Shoah Literature"] in Tra Storia e immaginazione: gli Scrittori ebrei di lingua italiana si raccontano. Hanna Serkowska, ed. Krakow, Poland: Wydawnictwo RABID, 2008.

   "Of Lives and Losses: A Mother and Daughter Remember the Holocaust and Beyond". Lives Lived and Lost: East European History Before, During and After World War II as Experienced by an Anthropologist and Her Mother by Kaja and Golda Finkler (Academic Studies Press, 2012)—reviewed for H-Net Humanities and Social Sciences (fall 2013).
   Holocaust in Italian Culture 1944-2010 by Robert Gordon (Stanford University Press, 2012)—reviewed for Clio: A Journal of Literature, History, and the Philosophy of History (fall 2013)

Recent Presentations 

   "Remember What Amalek Did to Her: Daughters Inscribing the (Forgotten) Mother into the Jewish Story" at the Conference on Motherhood in post-1968 European Women's Writing: Cross-Cultural and Interdisciplinary Dialogues. University of London, UK, October 24-26, 2013.
   Sacrée nourriture!": Sarah Kofman's Indigestible Past at PACIFIC ANCIENT AND MODERN LANGUAGE ASSOCIATION CONFERENCE (PaMLA), Washington University, Seattle, WA October 19-21, 2012.
   The JAP, the Yenta and the Mame in Aline Kominsky Crumb's Graphic Imagination at NORTHEAST MODERN LANGUAGE ASSOCIATION CONFERENCE (NeMLA), Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ April 7-10, 2011.
   Make Yourself a Graven Image: How Graphic Memoirs Revisualize the Jewish Experience at NORTHEAST MODERN LANGUAGE ASSOCIATION CONFERENCE (NeMLA), Montreal, Quebec, April 7-11 2010.
   Entering the Matrix respondent to Bracha Ettinger's Matrixial Transjectivity, Plenary Lecture at the 38th ANNUAL UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA FRENCH LITERATURE CONFERENCE, Columbia, SC, March 18-20, 2010.
   "Re-Centering the Mother in Shoah Autobiography: Ruth Klüger, Edith Bruck, Sarah Kofman" at the FIFTEENTH WORLD CONGRESS OF JEWISH STUDIES, Jerusalem, Israel, August 1-7, 2009.
   "Man's Purposeful Creation: Primo Levi's Utopia of Being in La Chiave a stella" The 40th Annual Conference of the NORTHEAST MODERN LANGUAGE ASSOCIATION (NeMLA), Boston, MA, February 26-March 1, 2009.
   "Entangled Roots: Helena Janeczek's Lessons in Darkness," The 40th Annual Conference of the ASSOCIATION FOR JEWISH STUDIES (AJS), Washington, DC, December 21-23, 2008.
   Le parole invisibili: Fantastic Architectures in Bruno Schulz and Italo Calvino presented at the conference «CROSSING BOUNDARIES: PERSPECTIVES ON THE FANTASTIC IN ITALIAN ARTS AND CULTURES» for the Fourth Annual Robert Dombroski Italian Conference—September 22nd-23rd, 2007: University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut.