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Center for Jewish Studies Presents

Marc Kaplan Presents: "Tevye Transformed: Sholem Aleichem from Page to Stage and Film"

4/16/18, 7:30 PM

About this event

The recent centennial yahrzeit of the great Yiddish writer Sholem Aleichem (1859-1916) invites us to reconsider his most enduring creation, Tevye the Dairyman, and the successive adaptations of these stories, from Yiddish theatre and film to the Broadway stage and film versions of Fiddler on the Roof. How have these adaptations changed Sholem Aleichem's work to suit their own ideological purposes? How do they reflect their own time and place? And what is to be learned by reconsidering the originals?

Marc Kaplan is a native of Louisiana and a graduate of Yale University. In 2003 he earned his Ph.D. in comparative literature from New York University. Since then he has held appointments at Indiana University, the University of Pennsylvania, Harvard University, and the Johns Hopkins University, as well as visiting fellowships at the Universität Konstanz (Germany), the Center for Jewish History (New York), and the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor), and most recently his alma mater. In 2011 he published How Strange the Change: Language, Temporality, and Narrative Form in Peripheral Modernisms--a comparison of Yiddish and African literatures--with Stanford University Press.
Event Location
  • Adath Jeshurun Congregation
  • 10500 Hillside Lane W.
  • Minnetonka MN
  • USA