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Joseph Butwin

Associate Professor Emeritus
Joseph Butwin

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B.A., University of Minnesota, 1965
A.M., Harvard University, 1966
Ph.D., Harvard University, 1970

Areas of Specialization

Nineteenth-Century English Literature, the Novel, Political and Industrial Revolutions; Jewish-American Literature and Culture

Activities and Interests

Joseph Butwin is currently completing a dual biography of his parents, Julius and Frances Butwin--early translators of Sholem Aleichem, book dealers, political activists in the 1930s and '40s--which began with "Tevye on King Street: Charleston and the Translation of Sholem Aleichem", American Jewish History 93:2 (June 2007), 129-158. In addition, he is editing a collection of interviews that he recorded 25 years ago with forty Jewish veterans of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade in the Spanish Civil War. A first version of this project appears on the website of the Stroum Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Washington  (



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