Conférence : Mikhail Krutikov. Reading Cities through Jewish Texts : Vilnius, Kiev, Saint-Petersburg ?

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Dans le cadre du projet ANR LJ Trad. n°18-CE27-0014, le CERMOM et Euro’ORBEM ont le plaisir de vous convier à la conférence de
Mikhail Krutikov
Reading Cities through Jewish Texts : Vilnius, Kiev, Saint-Petersburg ?

The lecture will discuss three representations of three cities, Vilnius, Kiev and St. Petersburg, drawing on a variety of texts written by Jewish authors in Yiddish, Hebrew, German, and Russian. Each one of these cities carries a certain mythological aura as a historical capital, but they also became “laboratories of Jewish modernity” at the turn of the 20th century. Can these diverse texts be read together as a multilingual “Jewish text” of a particular city ? What are specific markers of a particular Jewish cityscape, and how do they differ from one city to the other ? And finally, what is the impact of urban space on the formation of modern Jewish culture ?

Mikhail Krutikov is Preston R. Tisch professor of Slavic and Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He is the author of Yiddish Fiction and the Crisis of Modernity, 1905-1914, From Kabbalah to Class Struggle: Expressionism, Marxism and Yiddish Literature in the Life and Work of Meir Wiener, Der Nister’s Soviet Years: Yiddish Writer as Witness to the People. Since 1999 he has been a cultural columnist for the Yiddish Forward, and some of his articles are published in the collection  Tsvishn shures: Notitsn vegn yidisher kultur.

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