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GREAT JEWISH BOOKS LECTURE | Jacob Glatstein and Yiddish Rage, with Sunny Yudkoff and Saul Zaritt
Jacob Glatstein was a central figure in the American Yiddish world of the twentieth century, a celebrated modernist poet and cultural critic whose writing spanned the gap between interwar modernism and postwar recovery. In this talk, professors Sunny Yudkoff (University of Wisconsin–Madison) and Saul Zaritt (Harvard University) will share from their research on Glatstein, discussing a range of texts that demonstrate Glatstein’s sustained and ever-changing creativity, his theorization of Yiddish as a language of art and folk, and his complex meditations on the convergence of Jewish life and the modern world. To focus our conversation, we’ll read a series of texts that mark out different periods in Glatstein’s life, poetic experimentation, and understanding of what it means to write in Yiddish in American. These include the poems “1919” (1919), “Good Night World” (1938), “A Sunday Shtetl” (1956), and a selection from Glatstein’s reflections on Yiddish in world literature.

The Great Jewish Books Lecture Series gives learners of all ages the opportunity to delve into great works of Jewish literature with top scholars in the field. Each month, a speaker presents a virtual talk focusing on an author or work, followed by a Q&A with the audience. These talks span a wide variety of literary subjects, presenting works written in many languages from classic Yiddish texts to contemporary Jewish American writing.

The Great Jewish Books Lecture Series is made possible with the generous support of the Salkind Family Foundation in memory of Marilyn Salkind.

Jun 22, 2021 07:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Sunny Yudkoff
Sunny Yudkoff is an assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin–Madison in the Department of German, Nordic, and Slavic, as well as the Mosse/Weinstein Center for Jewish Studies. She is the director of UW’s Mayrent Institute for Yiddish Culture. Her first book, "Tubercular Capital: Illness and the Conditions of Modern Jewish Writing," was published with Stanford University Press (2019) and was awarded the Salo Wittmayer Baron book Prize. She is currently at work on her second monograph, entitled "Against Jewish Humor: Toward a Theory of Yiddish Joy."
Saul Noam Zaritt
Saul Noam Zaritt is an associate professor of Yiddish Studies at Harvard University, in the departments of Comparative Literature and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations. He is the author of "Jewish American Writing and World Literature: Maybe to Millions, Maybe to Nobody," published with Oxford University Press in 2020. He is a founding editor of "In geveb: A Journal of Yiddish Studies." He is currently at work on his second book, "A taytsh Manifesto: Yiddish, Translation, and the Making of Modern Jewish Culture."