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Dominic Williams

Montague Burton Fellow in Jewish Studies, University of Leeds

Dominic Williams gained a PhD in Jewish Studies at the University of Leeds, and has taught at the University of Leeds, University of Reading and York St John University. He has published articles on modernist and contemporary poetry, the First World War and the Holocaust.

The main focus of his current research is on representations of the Auschwitz Sonderkommando, ranging from the framing of their testimony in post-war trials to novels and films in which they appear as characters to their presence in sub-cultural forms such as comics and extreme metal music. He also researches Holocaust testimony and memorialisation more widely; contemporary Jewish poetry; Anglo-American modernism and antisemitism; and twentieth-century British Jewish literature and culture.

He has co-edited (with Fabio A. Durão) Modernist Group Dynamics: The Poetics and Politics of Friendship (Cambridge Scholars, 2008) and (with Nicholas Chare) Representing Auschwitz: At the Margin of Testimony (Palgrave, 2013). Matters of Testimony: Interpreting the Scrolls of Auschwitz, co-authored with Nicholas Chare, will be published by Berghahn in 2015.


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    Montague Burton Fellow in Jewish Studies, University of Leeds