Adriana X. Jacobs

Releasing Roots: Hebrew Poetry in Translation

Presented by SAJE (Seminars for Adult Jewish Enrichment) and the Frankel Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan. SAJE is endowed by a generous gift from Cis Maisel and is supported by Carol & Ronald Fogel through the JCC’s Pillars of Light program.

Adriana X. Jacobs, Frankel Institute Fellow speaks with Jeffrey Veidlinger, Director of Frankel Center for Judaic Studies about her translations of Hebrew poetry (by Leah Goldberg, Vaan Nguyen, and Hezy Leskly, among others), her experiences as a scholar-translator, and the research that her practice of translation has made possible.

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The Truffle EyeWomen’s Hebrew PoetryStrange Cocktail

About the Author: 
Adriana X. Jacobs is associate professor of modern Hebrew literature at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies. She has published widely on contemporary Hebrew and Israeli poetry and translation.  Her translations of Hebrew poetry have appeared in Gulf Coast, World Literature Today, North American Review, and The Ilanot Review, among others. Her translations also appeared in the collection Women’s Hebrew Poetry on American Shores: Poems by Anne Kleiman and Annabelle Farmelant. Jacobs is the author of Strange Cocktail: Translation and the Making of Modern Hebrew Poetry and is currently working on a project on contemporary poetry and crisis. Her translation of Vaan Nguyen’s The Truffle Eye is forthcoming from Zephyr Press.

About the Moderator:
Moderator Jeffrey Veidlinger is Joseph Brodsky Collegiate Professor of History and Judaic Studies and Director of the Frankel Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan. Professor Veidlinger is the author of the forthcoming In the Midst of Civilized Europe: The Pogroms of 1918-1921 and the Onset of the Holocaust, and the award-winning books, In the Shadow of the Shtetl: Small-Town Jewish Life in Soviet Ukraine, The Moscow State Yiddish Theater: Jewish Culture on the Soviet Stage, and Jewish Public Culture in the Late Russian Empire. His work has been supported by grants and fellowships from numerous agencies, including the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Social Science and Humanities Research Council. 


Feb 17 2021


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Releasing Roots: Hebrew Poetry in Translation