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Defining the Vienna Paradox: Some Aporias of Secular Judaism – A talk with Marjorie Perloff

Marjorie Perloff, President-elect of the Modern Language Association (the most important professional organization for scholars of language and literature), will conduct a follow-up conversation to her memoir, The Vienna Paradox, which chronicles her escape as a teenager from Austria with her family shortly before Kristallnacht. In addition to discussing her memoir, she will lead a conversation about European/Austrian modernism, anti-Semitism, and where one might take such musings into the present moment. Perloff is the author of many books on modernist and postmodernist poetry and poetics, including Rhyme and Meaning in the Poetry of YeatsThe Poetic Art of Robert Lowell; Frank O’Hara: Poet among PaintersThe Poetics of Indeterminacy: Rimbaud to CageThe Dance of the Intellect: Studies in the Poetry of the Pound EraThe Futurist Moment: Avant-Garde, Avant-Guerre, and the Language of RupturePoetic License: Studies in Modernist and Postmodernist LyricRadical Artifice: Writing Poetry in the Age of MediaWittgenstein’s Ladder: Poetic Language and the Strangeness of the Ordinary’ Poetry On and Off the Page: Essays for Emergent Occasions; and Twenty-First Century Modernism: The “New” Poetics.

Cosponsored by The Center for Jewish Studies, The Austrian Studies Center, The Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, The Creative Writing Program, The Department of English, and The Department of German, Scandinavian, and Dutch.

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