Upcoming HUC-JIR Faculty Lecture › Stanley Nash

Friday, March 7, 2008

You Can't Go Home Again: Aharon Megged's Foiglman and Nostalgia for the Yiddish Diaspora 

This lecture will discuss Megged's book Foiglman (literally, Birdman) against the background of Megged's half-century long fascination with the notion that Israeli Hebraic culture triumphed at the expense of the rich alternative Yiddish universe that perished in the Holocaust. Megged's own translations into Hebrew of Yiddish poetry, centering on the motif of Abird-like@ longings, wistfulness, intimacy, and rootlessness, demonstrate his thesis as to the untranslatable-ness of Yiddish into Hebrew and the inability of the sabra to Ago home again. Megged's guilt feelings will be discussed against the background of a protest campaign to defend the reputation of 1948 writers, intellectuals, and politicians against the slur that they were indifferent to the plight of Holocaust victims. 

Stanley Nash is Professor of Hebrew Literature at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. He is the author of In Search of Hebraism: Shai Hurwitz and His Polemics in the Hebrew Press, Migvan: Studies in Honor of Jacob Kabakoff, and Bein Historiyyah le-Sifrut: Studies in Honor of Isaac Barzilay. He has written many articles on Hebrew literary figures and on themes and trends in Hebrew literature. 

Introduction: Rivka Friedman, Head of the Hunter Hebrew Program 

Date: Friday, March 7, 2008 

Time: 12 noon to 2 P.M. 

Place: Room W217, the West Building of Hunter College 

A light lunch will be served. 


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