Danielle Christmas, Ph.D. is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her current manuscript, “Auschwitz and the Plantation: Labor and Social Death in American Holocaust and Slavery Fiction,” concerns how representations of Holocaust and slavery perpetrators contribute to American socioeconomic discourses. She has received a number of national awards to support this research, including a Cummings Foundation Fellowship at the United States Holocaust
Please watch this video for a short talk entitled, "When Israel Becomes Germany: Agnosticism in Robert Young's Eichmann (2007)." This was recorded for presentation at the Film Club of the Jewish Holocaust Centre in Victoria, Australia on March 29th, 2012.
"'Pleasure me, you ebony wench!': Sexual (Re)Production, Social Death, and the Mandingo Genre," Americanist Speakers Series, Duke University & University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, November 2014
"New Directions in Holocaust Studies," Lessons & Legacies Conference XIII, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida, October 2014
"Sexual (Re)Production, Social Death, and the Slavery Perpetrator," Howard University, Washington, DC, August 2014
The Plantation-Auschwitz Tradition: Forced Labor and Free Markets in the Novels of William Styron." Forthcoming in Twentieth-Century Literature 61.1 (Spring 2015).
"From 'Eichmann-as-Victim' to 'Nazi-as-Jew': Deconstructing Justice in American Holocaust Trial Films." Forthcoming in Aftermath: Genocide, Memory, and History. Melbourne, Australia: Monash University, 2015.
Memorial Museum and a Mellon / ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship. Deeply interested in comparative frameworks, Danielle co-convened an international conference through Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia in July 2014 entitled, "The Future of the Past: Representing the Holocaust, Genocide, and Mass Trauma in the 21st Century." Most recently, her articles "The Plantation-Auschwitz Traidtion: Forced Labor and Free Markets in the Novels of William Styron" will appear in the journal Twentieth-Century Literature (2015), and "'From 'Eichmann-as-Victim' to 'Nazi-as-Jew': Deconstructing Justice in American Holocaust Trial Films" will appear in Aftermath: Genocide, Memory, and History (Monash University, 2015).
Photographs from the International Summer Research Workshop, "Literary Responses to Genocide in the Post-Holocaust Era," at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. August 2014.
Preparing to answer a question on the relationship between state suppression of Jews in Nazi Germany and the police suppression of protesting civilians in Ferguson, Missouri, following the 2014 shooting of an unarmed black teenager.
Workshop participants. Front Row: Alicia Partnoy, Brett Ashley Kaplan, Laura Levitt, Brad Prager, Danielle Christmas, Monica Popescu. Back Row: Jim Hicks, Erin McGlothlin, Gary Weissman, Stephenie Young.