Eyal Handelsman Katz

Fall 21 Office Hours: Th 3.30-5.30 PM
Fall 21 Class Schedule: Thursday 6:00-6:50, 7:00-7:50, 8:00-8:50
A Spanish-Israeli international student, before coming to UVA I studied at the University of Valencia where I undertook MAs in English and Secondary Education, as well as the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, where I completed an MA in Intercultural Communication as a Fulbright scholar. My fields of interest are 20th and 21st century Multiethnic American literature (chiefly African American and Jewish American narratives), trauma & memory studies, food studies, and critical race theory. At UVA I am a member of the American Studies and Africana Studies certificate programs, and am a current Rachel Winer Manin Graduate Student Fellow in Jewish Studies. I am currently also collaborating with the Religion, Race & Democracy Lab to produce a short documentary about my grandmother’s waning memories of the Holocaust.
B.A. in English Studies, Universitat de València
M.A. in Advanced English Studies, Universitat de València
M.A. in Intercultural Communication, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
M.A. in Secondary Education, Universitat de València
Graduate Certificates in American & Africana Studies, University of Virginia
ENGL 3740 - Introduction to Asian American Studies (TA Spring 2022)
AMST 2001 - Introduction to American Studies (TA Fall 2021)
LASE 2500 (Launchpad) - Argumentation & Social Justice (Summer 2021)
ENWR 1510 - Social Justice, Critical Race Theory & Argumentation (Fall 2020 & Spring 2021)
Awards & Honors
Rachel Winer Manin Jewish Studies Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellow, 2020-2022
Religion, Race & Democracy Lab Research Collaborator, 2020-2021
UVa, Summer Institute of Engaged Learning, 2020
Institute for the Recruitment of Teachers Associate, 2018-2019
Fulbright Student Scholar, 2016-2018
Selected Conference Presentations
"Reflection-Based Grading in the Writing Classroom: An Equitable Alternative?” UVa CTE’s Innovations in Pedagogy Summit, Virtual, May 2021.
“Love as Resistance in Nafissa Thompson-Spires’ Heads of the Colored People”, MELUS, Virtual, April 2021.
“Black Grotesque in Toni Morrison’s Beloved”, Northeast Modern Language Association, Virtual, March 2021.
“Feeling vs. Knowing: Representing the Holocaust in Cynthia Ozick’s “The Shawl””, Northeast Modern Language Association, Virtual, March 2021.
“Diegetic Dissociation in Charles W. Chesnutt’s The Marrow of Tradition”, MELUS, New Orleans, 2020ǂ.
“Gender, Race, and Utopia in Pauline Hopkins’ Of One Blood”, Northeast Modern Language Association, Pittsburgh, 2018.
“Black Sisyphus: Fanon’s Corporeal Malediction as Camusian Absurdism”, Northeast Modern Language Association, Pittsburgh, 2018.
“Sisyphus Ignored: Analyzing Albert Camus and Martin Esslin’s Notions of the Absurd”, Northeast Modern Language Association, Baltimore, 2017.
“From Project Mayhem to Party Crashing: The Hypermasculine Dystopia in David Fincher and Chuck Palahniuk’s Fight Club”, South Atlantic Modern Language Association, Jacksonville, 2016.
“Abandonment, Motherhood and Identity in Toni Morrison’s A Mercy and Marilynne Robinson’s Housekeeping”, 2nd Washington Conference on Trauma, Washington D.C., 2016.
“‘So we beat on’: An Absurdist Reading of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby”, Looking Back: (Re)Visions of the Past in Literature and Film, Valencia, 2015.
Research Interests
African American Literature
Jewish American Literature
Memory & Trauma Studies
Food Studies
Critical Race Theory