Amalia Glaser (UCSD), May 14

Talk: "Jews and Ukrainians in Russia’s Literary Borderlands: From the Shtetl Fair to the Petersburg Bookshop”: (4:00pm, Phelps 6320).

She will also take part in an informal professionalization conversation with CLIT Graduate Students at 12:30 in Phelps Hall (6309).

Abstract of Talk:
Throughout the nineteenth and early twentieth century, Jews, Ukrainians, Poles, and Russians lived together in the territory known as the Pale of Settlement, the region of Eastern Europe that now covers much of Ukraine, Belarus, and the Baltic States. Although these communities spoke different languages, followed distinct cultural habits, and practiced different religions, members of these communities did meet at markets and fairs. The stories that Jewish, Russian, and Ukrainian writers, such as Sholem Aleichem, Isaac Babel, Nikolai Gogol, and Hrihorii Kvitka, tell about these marketplace encounters help us to understand a complex history of coexistence and antagonism in the nineteenth century and after.

Amelia Glaser is an Associate Professor of Russian and comparative literature at the University of California, San Diego, and is currently the director of Russian and Soviet Studies at UCSD. In addition to Jews and Ukrainians (Northwestern U. Press, 2012), she is the translator of a collection of American Yiddish poets, Proletpen: America's Rebel-Yiddish Poets (U. of Wisconsin Press, 2005), which recently appeared in paperback. She is currently editing a collected volume of essays on literary representations of the Cossack uprisings of 1648, as well as a book about American Yiddish poets from Eastern Europe. Professor Glaser grew up in Northern California, received a BA from Oberlin College, an MA in Yiddish from the University of Oxford, and a Ph.D in Comparative Literature from Stanford University.

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Sponsored by the Comparative Literature Program, the Religious Studies Department, the Department of History, The Translation Studies Emphasis, and the Department of Germanic, Slavic, and Semitic Studies

date of event: 

Tuesday, May 14, 2013 - 16:04


Phelps 6320