Intimate Voices: Yiddish Women Writers in Translation (Zoom)

Monday 8.00–9.30pm
Thursday 10.30am–12.00pm
From: 21 March 2022
To: 6 June 2022
Hinde Ena Burstin

This course is a women’s circle learning group. Please be aware that some of the texts you will study engage with issues of sex, sexuality and gender-based violence.

This ten-week Zoom course, led by Hinde Ena Burstin, delves into a diverse range of memoirs, poetry, fiction, critical reviews and essays by women, originally published in Yiddish, and presented in English translation. The course will run in two streams:

Evening stream: runs Mondays 8.00pm – 9.30pm, commencing 21 March and concluding 06 June.

Morning stream: runs Thursdays 10:30am – 12.00pm, commencing 24 March and concluding 02 June.

You will enrol in one stream and attend at the same time each week.

Yiddish women writers are recognised as having introduced a number of innovations into Yiddish literature, including intimate explorations of women’s experiences and inner lives. This course examines some of these intimate voices. Through studying these translated works, you will explore some ways that Yiddish women writers defied taboos to depict sex, sexuality and gender-based violence. These works will be contextualised within the circumstances in which they were created, circulated and translated, as well as the biographies of the individual authors.

Classes will be conducted in English. All materials will be studied in English translation, with poems also presented in Yiddish. Source texts in Yiddish will be available on request, but no prior knowledge of Yiddish or Jewish culture is required.

Facilitator: Hinde Ena Burstin is a Yiddish scholar specialising in Yiddish women’s literature. She is an award-winning Yiddish poetry translator, and an internationally published and performed Yiddish and bilingual writer. She has designed and taught in Yiddish and Yiddish literature courses in Melbourne, Sydney and New York, and has given guest lectures on Yiddish literature in New York, Baltimore, Los Angeles, Montreal, Paris, Brussels and Cape Town, as well as in Sydney and Melbourne.

Please note, there will be no classes on Monday 18 April or Thursday 21 April due to Passover, and no class on Monday 25 April due to ANZAC Day.

The Zoom link will be emailed to attendees ahead of the first session.

Image: Series 02: Dr Fanny Reading photographs, ca. 1890-1965 / various photographers, courtesy State Library of NSW


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