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Lecture Series: "Between Fantasy and Reality: The Writings of Der Nister" with Professor Mikhail Krutikov

Lecture Series: "Between Fantasy and Reality: The Writings of Der Nister" with Professor Mikhail Krutikov

$ 40.00

Between Fantasy and Reality: The Writings of Der Nister is a downloadable lecture series by Professor Mikhail Krutikov of the University of Michigan.

Der Nister (“The Recluse,” the literary pseudonym adopted by Pinkhes Kahanovich, 1884-1950) was the most enigmatic figure in modern Yiddish literature. Over the course of a dynamic career, full of unexpected twists and turns, he went from writing mystical, Symbolist stories to historical realism, and transformed himself from an obscure, mysterious artist into a communal activist. Living under the pressure of Stalin’s regime, he came to believe that the writer’s mission was to become witness to the people. Der Nister’s Symbolist legacy has long been valued by scholars of Yiddish literature, but it is only recently that the richness and complexity of his Soviet writings have become more widely discovered and appreciated. 

In this lecture series, Professor Krutikov will examine this mysterious Yiddish author’s work and his turbulent career in the Soviet Union.

This product includes:

  • Lecture guide with suggested reading list
  • Lecture 1 - "Symbolist Tales: A Wanderer Lost in His Ways"
  • Lecture 2 - "Surviving Stalin’s Purges: Flying Buildings, Specters from the Past, and Cruelty to Animals"
  • Lecture 3 - "The Family Mashber: Historical Epic or Contemporary Novel?"
  • Lecture 4 - "The Holocaust and After: The Dream of Birobidzhan"
  • MP3 versions of each lecture for listening on-the-go

Altogether, this product includes approximately 345 minutes of video.

Once you purchase this product, you will receive an email from "Yiddish Book Center Store" with a link to download the lectures, as well as a separate emailed receipt. The link may be used up to three times before it expires, and each file can be downloaded up to three times.

Questions about this lecture series? Email education@yiddishbookcenter.org.

Mikhail Krutikov is Professor and Chair of the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, and Preston R. Tisch Professor of Judaic Studies at the Frankel Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He is the author of Yiddish Fiction and the Crisis of Modernity, 1905-1914 (Stanford University Press, 2001) and From Kabbalah to Class Struggle: Expressionism, Marxism and Yiddish Literature in the Life and Work of Meir Wiener (Stanford University Press, 2011). His new book, Der Nister’s Soviet Years: Yiddish Writer as Witness to the People, is forthcoming in 2019 at Indiana University Press.

He also co-edited nine collections on Yiddish literature and culture, most recently Three Cities of Yiddish: St. Petersburg, Warsaw and Moscow, co-edited with Gennady Estraikh. (Oxford: Legenda, 2016). He has been a cultural columnist for the Yiddish Forward since 1999; a collection of his Yiddish essays came out in Israel in 2018 under the title “Tsvishn shures: notitsn vegn yidisher kultur (Between Lines: Notes on Jewish Culture)” as part of the Contemporary Yiddish Literature series.


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