Yiddish Writers in Translation: The Queer Stories by Isaac Bashevis Singer by Agi Legutko

24 May 2022 at 19:00 CET


Ula Chowaniec, a lecturer in Yiddish Stories in Translation at the Paideia Folkhögskola invites everyone for an open lecture “The Queer Stories by Isaac Bashevis Singer” by Prof.Agi Legutko (Columbia University).

Everyone may know stories of Isaac Bashevis Singer, his folk tales, and stories for children. Yet, Agi Legutko, Professor of Yiddish Studies at Colombia University, proposes to have a closer look at them and see them through a queer eye and queer methodology.

What is the masquerades, hiding, cross-dressing so often seen in the Singer’s stories?
What can it mean for the contemporary readers?

Isaac Bashevis Singer was a Polish-born Jewish-American writer who wrote and published first in Yiddish and later translated himself into English with the help of editors and collaborators. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1978.

Dr. Agi Legutko is Lecturer in Yiddish and Director of the Yiddish Language Program at Columbia University, where she teaches Yiddish language and literature. She specializes in modern Yiddish literature, language, and culture, women and gender studies, and spirit possession in Judaism. She received her Ph.D. with distinction in Yiddish Studies at Columbia University and her publications have appeared in several journals and essay collections on Yiddish literature and culture, such as Silent Souls? Women in Yiddish Culture and Theatermachine: Tadeusz Kantor in Context. Her research interests include gender, trauma, memory, performance and the body represented in Jewish literatures, theater, and film. She is currently completing a manuscript exploring the trope of dybbuk possession in modern Jewish cultures.

Free entrance.

The event is organized by Paideia – The European Institute for Jewish Studies in Sweden & Paideia folkhögskola and in cooperation with Jewish Community in Stockholm and Jiddischsällskapet i Stockholm.

Registration is obligatory till the 24th May 2022.
The link to the meeting will be distributed only to registered participants.