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TALK: Jackals and Arabs (Once More: The German-Jewish Dialogue)

Mosher Alumni Hall Mosher Alumni House, UC Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA

The lecture takes its point of departure in Maurice Blanchot’s claim that Kafka initiates a new form of dialogue. By reinserting Kafka in the debates (or dialogues) on the German-Jewish dialogue and the way in which that dialogue was always already framing, rehearsing and announcing the Arab-Jewish dialogue, Anidjar argues for the significance of form — and what it entails — in and toward the Arab-Jewish dialogue. Gil Anidjar teaches in the departments of Religion and of Middle Eastern, South ...

Talk: “I am fragile and small”: Versions of Masculinity in Soviet Unofficial Poetics

6206C Phelps Phelps Hall, UC Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA

In “'I am fragile and small'”: Versions of Masculinity in Soviet Unofficial Poetics," Ainsley Morse will examine the presentation of masculinity (usually that of the lyric speaker) in the work of several unofficial poets of the late Soviet period. As an institution, unofficial literature occupied a powerless position vis-a-vis officially published literature; yet, unofficial poets drew on the tradition of predecessors including Vladimir Mayakovsky and Daniil Kharms to construct a lyric presence that combined exaggerated weakness (“loserdom”) ...