[Mendele] Mendele Personal Notices & Announcements--Avraham Novershtern @ Stanford: Thurs., May 12, 8PM

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Date: Wed, 20 Apr 2011 22:03:08 -0700
From: Isaac Bleaman <ibleaman at stanford.edu>
Subject:Avraham Novershtern @ Stanford: Thurs., May 12, 8PM

Save the date! A special lecture in the Bay Area.

"The Criminal Underworld in Yiddish Literature" Professor Avraham 
Novershtern, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem
8PM, Thursday, May 12, 2011, Koret Pavilion at the Ziff Center (Hillel at 
565 Mayfield Avenue, at the corner of Campus Drive East

The Jewish criminal underworld has been a recurring motif in modern 
Yiddish literature, from its beginnings in the mid-19th century to stories 
written in modern-day Israel. Some of the works devoted to this topic 
became popular even beyond the realm of Yiddish letters. Sholem Asch's 
play "God of Vengeance," for instance, was the first Yiddish play to enjoy 
considerable success on the world stage, being produced in German, 
Russian, and English, among other languages. In more than one case, the 
actors in these productions were put on trial for charges of obscenity. 
What are the reasons for this unrelenting interest in the Jewish 
underworld? How was this topic shaped in Yiddish literature? How did it 
present the range of Jewish criminals-thieves, prostitutes, and gangsters? 
This talk offered by Prof. Avraham Novershtern of the Hebrew University of 
Jerusalem will address these questions, while situating them in their 
larger cultural and literary contexts.

Sponsored by the National Yiddish Book Center with support from the Jack & 
Ruthe B. Cowl Center for Jewish Culture and the Righteous Persons 
Foundation. Co-sponsored by the Taube Center for Jewish Studies, the 
Jewish Student Association, the Division of Literatures, Cultures, and 
Languages, and Hillel at Stanford.

This event is free and open to the community. Closest parking at Tresidder 
For directions see
For more information, contact Isaac Bleaman (ibleaman at stanford.edu) 

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