AreaCritical Studies in Asian, Islamic, and Jewish Traditions
B.A. (Wesleyan 1975)
A.M., Ph.D. (Duke, 1980, 1985)
Associate Professor of Modern Jewish Culture
An inveterate (not Confederate) Yankee fan, "old original" Jay Geller is Associate Professor of Modern Jewish Culture at Vanderbilt Divinity School and the Vanderbilt University Jewish Studies Program. He has also taught at the University of Vienna, Bryn Mawr College, Princeton University, Rutgers University, Swarthmore College, and Wesleyan University. In 2001 he was the Fulbright/Sigmund Freud Society Visiting Scholar in Psychoanalysis at the Sigmund Freud Museum (Vienna); he has also received DAAD, ACLS, CCACC (Rutgers), ATS fellowships and participated in 2 NEH Summer Seminars (on Freud and on Jewish Cultural Studies). He has published numerous articles on Freud's Jewish identity, in particular, and on the relationship between antisemitism and modern European Jewish identity formation, in general. More recently, his work has focussed on the Shoah and film. His On Freud's Jewish Body: Mitigating Circumcisions appeared in Fall 2007 from Fordham University Press. Currently, he has completed the companion volume, which includes chapters on Levin Varnahgen, Heine, Marx, Nordau, Schreber, Kafka (inter alia) entitled The Other Jewish Question: Modernity and the Body of Jewish Identification, also for Fordham. He had earlier coedited Reading Freud's Reading and a special issue of American Imago.