Kitty Millet

Kitty Millet
Professor of Modern Jewish Thought and Comparative Jewish Literatures
(415) 338-3154
Building: Humanities Building
Room Number: Room 426

ICLA Research Committee on Religion, Ethics and Literature


  • 1996, Ph.D., Comparative Literature, University of Minnesota
  • 1989, M.A., Comparative Literature, University of Minnesota
  • 1986, B.A., Comparative Literature, UCI

Academic Interests

  • Holocaust Literatures
  • Diasporic Narratives
  • testimonio in Latin American Jewish Narratives
  • Haskalah Jewish Experience
  • Secular Jewish Studies
  • Modern Jewish Thought
  • Comparative Jewish Literatures from Antiquity to Modernity


  • JS / Hist 317 - Holocaust & Genocide
  • JS /CWL/ Engl 451 - Jewish Literatures of the Americas
  • JS 410 /Phil 514 - Kabbalah & Jewish Mysticism

Recent Publications


Edited Volumes

Selected Articles

  • “Our Sabbatean Future.” Eds. Miriam Zadoff and Noam Zadoff. Institute of Judaic Studies Review (Brill, 2014).
  • "Can the Holocaust Novel be a Magical Realist Novel? H. G. Adler’s The Journey ‘after Auschwitz’," Symbolism. An International Annual of Critical Aesthetics 12/13 (2013): 192-209.
  • “Jewish Aesthetics and the Birth of Humanism.” The European Legacy. 17:1 February, 2012.
  • “The Victim as Mishnah.” From Ritual to Romance. Comparative Literature and Comparative Religious Studies. Eds. Hajo Bäcke and Manfred Schmelling. Würzberg: Königshausen u. Neumann, 2011.
  • “A Thousand Queer Plateaus: Deleuzeʼs ‘Imperceptibility’ as a Liberated Mapping of Desire.” Rhizomes 11/12.fall 2005/spring 2006 (2005) : n. pag.
  • “Tikkun Olam: the Jewish Detective and Redemption.” Transversalités. Volume 55, Issue #2. 2005. Ed. By Delphine Cingal. Paris: Institute Catholique, 2005.

Selected Book Chapters, Anthologies

  • “An Ethics for Missing Persons." Fault Lines of Modernity: The Fractures and Repairs of Religion, Ethics, and Literature. Eds. Figueira and Millet. Bloomsbury, 2018.
  • “Contemplating Jean Améry’s Loss of Transcendence.” On Jean Améry: Philosophy of the Catastrophe. Ed. by Magdalena Zolkos. Lanham, MD: Lexington Press, 2012.
  • “Caesura, Continuity, and Myth: The Stakes of Tethering the Holocaust to German Colonial Theory.” Colonial (Dis)-Continuities: Race, Holocaust, and Postwar Germany. Eds. Volker Langbehn and Mohammad Salama. New York: Columbia UP, 2011.
  • “Elie Wiesel’s Night and Dying in the Present Tense." Bloom’s Literary Themes, On Death and Dying. Ed. Harold Bloom. New York: Chelsea House, 2009.