“Something Lost That Seeks its Name”: The Wanderings of Anski’s Dybbuk, Public Lecture by Michael Steinlauf

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Date(s) - 20/05/2013
7:30 pm - 8:45 pm

Caulfield Campus, H116, Monash University

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The third in a 3 part lecture series by Michael Steinlauf, the Jacob Kronhill Visiting Scholar in Yiddish Culture

S. Anski’s work about spirit possession, The Dybbuk: Between Two Worlds, became the most popular play in the history of Yiddish theater. This lecture will track the traces of Anski’s Dybbuk both on and off the stage over the past century.

Director of the Gratz Holocaust and Genocide Studies Program, Dr. Michael C. Steinlauf holds an M.A. in Literature from Columbia University and a doctorate in Judaic Studies from Brandeis University. He is the author of Bondage to the Dead: Poland and the Memory of the Holocaust (1997), which examines how the experience of witnessing the Holocaust shaped Polish history and consciousness in the half century after World War II. He was a contributing editor to the YIVO Encyclopedia of Jews in Eastern Europe, published by Yale University Press in 2008, and the editor of Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry, v. 16 (2003), the first collection of studies focusing on Jewish popular culture in Poland and its contemporary afterlife. His writings have been translated into Hebrew, Polish, German and Italian. Professor Steinlauf has also been active in various kinds of Jewish memory work in Poland. He has lectured at the Krakow Jewish Culture Festival and the University of Warsaw, taught in the Musicians’ Raft program organized by the Borderlands Foundation in Sejny, Poland, and served as chief historical advisor and curator of modern Jewish culture for the Museum of the History of Polish Jews, which will open in Warsaw in 2013. He is currently at work on a study of the Yiddish writer and activist Y. L. Peretz.