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“Below the Line”? The Feuilleton and Modern Jewish Cultures Symposium

Monday, October 16, 2017
10:15 AM-5:45 PM
2022 202 S. Thayer Map
What is common to Heinrich Heine, Sholem Aleichem, Theodor Herzl, Vladimir Jabotinsky, Isaac Babel, Joseph Roth, Walter Benjamin, and Ilya Ehrenburg? They were all Jewish writers during the 19th and early 20th centuries, who wrote feuilletons, often side by side with poems, novels, short stories, or philosophical and political works. Does the fact that these prominent Jewish figures wrote feuilletons in Hebrew, Yiddish, German, Russian and Polish makes these feuilletons Jewish? Is feuilleton a Jewish genre? The feuilleton has been a critical genre in the development of modern Jewish cultures but it has been overlooked and undertheorized in both literary and historical studies. This symposium convenes a group of scholars to investigate the feuilleton and its connections to modern Jewish cultures.

Event Schedule:

Welcome: 10:15 am

Reflections on the Feuilleton: 10:30 am-12:00 pm
Chair: Jeffrey Veidlinger (University of Michigan)
Liliane Weissberg (University of Pennsylvania), “The Feuilleton and the Possibilities of German-Jewish Authorship and Literature”
Shachar Pinsker (University of Michigan), “How to Write Feuilleton in Hebrew? Journalism, Literature, and the Public Sphere”
Naomi Brenner (Ohio State University), “French Priests, Prostitutes and Villains: Translating the Roman-Feuilleton into Hebrew and Yiddish”

Traveling Feuilletons: 1:00 -2:30 pm
Chair: Anita Norich (University of Michigan)
Mikhail Krutikov (University of Michigan), “Vilna under German Military Rule, 1915-1918: Jewish Voices as the Occupiers and the Occupied”
Ofer Dynes (McGill University), “Connecting the Dots: The Heavy Duty of Light Literature in Interwar Poland”
William Runyan (University of Michigan), “Verse of the Moment: The Yiddish Rhymed Feuilleton”

Feuilletonists: 3:00-4:30 pm
Chair: Maya Barzilai (University of Michigan)
Ela Bauer (Kibbutzim College in Tel Aviv), “To Observe, to Chat, or to Influence? The Tasks of the Feuilletons According to Nahum Sokolow”
Brian Horowitz (Tulane University), “The Feuilleton and Jabotinsky’s Political Education: What Role Can a Genre Have in the Making of a Political Radical?”
Johannes von Moltke (University of Michigan), “Ex kino lux: Siegfried Kracauer’s Weimar Era Film Criticism in the Frankfurter Zeitung” 

Roundtable Discussion: 4:45-5:45 pm

Photo: Fueilletons by Theodor Herzl, translated into Hebrew by David Frishman (Warsaw, 1911)

If you have a disability that requires a reasonable accommodation, contact the Judaic Studies office at 734-763-9047 at least two weeks prior to the event.
Building: 202 S. Thayer
Event Type: Lecture / Discussion
Tags: Jewish Studies
Source: Happening @ Michigan from Judaic Studies, Department of Middle East Studies, Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, Germanic Languages & Literatures, Slavic Languages & Literatures