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Faculty Seminars Fall 2011

Questioning Origins: Friedrich von Schiller Rewrites Exodus

Martha Helfter Word Unheard

Professor Martha Helfer
Chair, Department of Germanic, Russian, and East European Languages and Literatures
Tuesday, October 25, 10:00 - 11:30
Bildner Center, 12 College Avenue

Respondent
Professor Barbara Hahn, Charlotte M. Craig Distinguished Visiting Professor
Department of Germanic, Russian, and East European Languages and Literatures

What is latent literary anti-Semitism? And how does latent literary anti-Semitism construct meaning in a text? This seminar will examine Friedrich Schiller's rewriting of the Exodus narrative, and explore the implications of its anti-Semitic rhetoric within the context of the eighteenth-century Jewish emancipation debate in Germany.


The Making of a True Gentleman:
Jewish Citizenship and Bourgeois Culture in Interwar Hungarian Cinema

manchin seminar

Anna Manchin, Visiting Aresty Scholar
Tuesday, November 29, 10:00 - 11:30
Bildner Center, 12 College Avenue

Between 1931 and 1938, Hungarian Jewish filmmakers contributed to an exploding film industry that saw the production of 130 feature films, many of which were romantic comedies. These popular films were instrumental in shaping the image of the interwar Hungarian bourgeoisie in a period in which public discourse and politics were increasingly dominated by exclusionary nationalism. This seminar will explore how these films, which did not foreground Jewishness, nonetheless articulated a middle-class ideal and vision of modern Hungary in which the Jewish bourgeoisie played a leading role.

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