IN PERSON: The early 20th century marked the golden age of American Jewish poetry. Eastern and midwestern cities saw the rise of Jewish intellectual and artistic culture. Art styles as diverse as Max Weber’s abstract expressionism and Raphael Soyer’s social realism influenced the Yiddish poetry of A. Leyeles, who wrote desentimentalized, earthy poetry. A half century later, in English, Philip Levine’s Pulitzer Prize-winning poems show similarities in their themes and visions. Malka Heifetz-Tussman, a writer of woman-centered Yiddish poems, may similarly be seen as foremother to Linda Pastan, writing in English from 1970 to today. Devoting one meeting to each poet, students will select poems to discuss. The instructor will provide context and resources. Each week students will prepare by reading poems, written in or translated into English, on the course website. In the last meeting, we will look at the bigger picture of this rich inheritance. | Facilitated discussion.
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