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Semi(o)te Xts: Reading Jewishness Between the Text

Date: 02/17/2013

Time: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Location: Influx Room Regis Center for Art (East)

Cost: Free


"Semi(o)te Xts: Reading Jewishness Between the Text" is a one-day symposium/workshop on Jewishness and poetics broadly construed; we will explore how these poets/media artists think about, produce, and enact Jewishness in their texts. Seven poets and media artists will read/perform their work and engage in critical discussion about the permutations and fluidities of Jewish texts and how they situate themselves (or not) in this loose matrix. They will read/perform as well as participate in panel discussions. All of these poets/artists, most of whom are also scholars and teachers–-Adeena Karasick, Benjamin Friedlander, erica kaufman, Joy Ladin, Jake Marmer, Elliott Malkin, and Rachel Tzvia Back– address, sometimes obliquely, the ways in which Jewishness is textually present in their work. One focus of the symposium will be to explore how this textual presence enables a shifting and changing of Jewishness–different ways of enacting Jewishness in a range of media, but especially language. The symposium will consist of readings/performances by the seven invited poets/artists, and 2 panel discussions on the question of Jewishness in (and between) their texts.



  • Name: Laura Lechner
  • E-mail: jwst@umn.edu
  • Phone: 612-624-4914
  • Sponsored by: Jewish Studies, Institute for Advanced Study, English, Creative Writing Program, Art, Art History, Cultural Studies & Comparative Literature, German, Scandinavian & Dutch, Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies


Parking is available in the 21st Ave. ramp or the 19th Ave. ramp.  

More information: http://www.jwst.umn.edu

Disability Options:

To request disability accommodations, please contact Laura Lechner at jwst@umn.edu, or at 612-624-4914.

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