Victoria Aarons holds the O.R. & Eva Mitchell Endowed Chair in Literature at Trinity University, where she teaches courses on American Jewish and Holocaust literatures.
Among other titles, Victoria Aarons is the author of A Measure of Memory: Storytelling and Identity in American Jewish Fiction and What Happened to Abraham?: Reinventing the Covenant in American Jewish Fiction, both of which received a Choice Award for Outstanding Academic Book. Her work has appeared in a number of scholarly journals, essay collections, and reference works, including the two-volume compendium Holocaust Literature: An Encyclopedia of Writers and Their Work. She has been the editor of several collections, including New Directions in Jewish American and Holocaust Literature: Reading and Teaching, published in 2019 by SUNY Press, and The New Jewish-American Literary Studies: Twenty-First Century Critical Revisions, published in 2019 by Cambridge University Press. Her new book, Holocaust Graphic Narratives: Generation, Trauma, and Memory, will be published by Rutgers University Press in 2019.
She is on the editorial board of several scholarly journals and was an invited scholar at the Conference in Honor of Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel’s 80th Birthday, hosted by Boston University’s Elie Wiesel Center for Judaic Studies, where she spoke on “Bearing the Weight of History: Trauma and Narrative Fragmentation.” In January 2019, she spoke at the MLA Forum on “How We Talk About the Holocaust Now: Teaching Holocaust Literature in the Twenty-first Century” in Chicago, Illinois. In November 2018, she spoke at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem on the topic of “American Jewish Writing in the 21st Century: A New Diaspora.”
Clockwise from top left: Bernard Malamud: A Centennial Tribute, Wayne State University Press 2016; Third-Generation Holocaust Representation: Trauma, History, and Memory. Co-authored with Alan L. Berger. Northwestern University Press, 2017.; Third-Generation Holocaust Narratives: Memory in Memoir and Fiction, Lexington Books 2016; The Cambridge Companion to Saul Bellow. Ed. Victoria Aarons. Cambridge UP, 2017.; Holocaust Graphic Narratives: Generation, Trauma, and Memory. Rutgers University Press, 2019.; The New Diaspora: The Changing Landscape of American Jewish Fiction. Edited by Victoria Aarons, Avinoam J. Patt, and Mark Shechner.; A Measure of Memory: Storytelling and Identity in American Jewish Fiction.