Mendel Friedman Conference

The Yiddish Presence in European Literature

The Fifth Mendel Friedman
International Conference on Yiddish Studies

1-2 July 2003

St Hugh's College, St Margaret's Road, Oxford

Programme:

 

Tuesday, 1 July

4:00-4.30 St Hugh's Library Tour and Exhibition

4:30-5.00 Registration: Main Hall, Maplethorpe Building, St Hugh's College

5:00-5.15 Conference welcome:

Professor Malcolm Bowie (Christ's College, Cambridge)

Professor Martin McLaughlin (Director, EHRC)

5:15-5:45

Dr Leon Yudkin (UCL)

Hebrew and Yiddish as the Primary Language of Jewish Literature: Rivalry and Symbiosis

5:45-6:15

Professor David Bellos (All Souls College, Oxford and Princeton University)

In the Worst Possible Taste: The Yiddish Witz in Romain Gary's Gengis Cohn

6:30
Reception: Maplethorpe Seminar Room, Maplethorpe Building, St Hugh's College

 

Wednesday, 2 July

Maplethorpe Seminar Room, Maplethorpe Building, St Hugh's College

Chair: Professor Malcolm Bowie

9:00-9.30

Registration (for those who did not attend Tuesday's session): Main Hall, Maplethorpe Building, St Hugh's College

9:30-10:00

Dr Florian Krobb (National University of Ireland)
Between Spite and Embrace: Yiddish in 19th-Century German Literature

10:00-10:30

Dr David Midgley (Cambridge University)
The Romance of the East. Encounters of German-Jewish writers with Yiddish-speaking Communities, 1916-1924

11:00 Coffee and Tea

11:15-11:45

Dr Joseph Sherman (University of Oxford)
Bergelson and Chekhov: The Power of Understatement

11:45-12:15

Peter Sherwood (UCL)
Living through Something: Notes on the Work of Imre Kertész

12:30 - 1:30 Lunch

1:30-2:00

Dr Pól Ó Dochartaigh (University of Ulster)
Vertraut und befremdend. Yiddish in the Works of Jurek Becker

2:00-2:30

Mindaugas Kvietkauskas (University of Oxford)
Yiddish and Lithuanian Literary Modernism: The Silent Proximity

3:00 Coffee and Tea

3:15-3:45

Dr Elizabeth Schächter (University of Kent)
Italian Jews/Jewish Italians: A Question of Identity in Post-Unification Italy

3:45-4:15

Dr David Groiser (University of Oxford)
Yiddish and the Jewish Renaissance in Weimar Germany

4:15-5:00 Round Table - Discussion and Concluding Remarks

 

The event marks publication of The Jewish Pope: Myth, Diaspora and Yiddish Literature by Joseph Sherman, the fourth title in the Legenda/Studies in Yiddish Series published by the EHRC.

The conference is presented as part of the Jack Friedman Research Programme of the European Humanities Research Centre.

 

 

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