From Holocaust to Protest: The Poetry & Poetics of Tuvia Ruebner


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  • Speaker: Rachel Tzvia Back, Poet
  • Host Department: Judaic Studies, Frankel Center for
  • Date: 09/16/2014
  • Time: 04:00 PM

  • Location: 202 S. Thayer St., Room 2022, Ann Arbor

  • Description:

    Israeli poet & translator Rachel Tzvia Back will give a talk on the poetry and poetics of pre-eminent Hebrew poet Tuvia Ruebner –  poetic peer of Yehuda Amichai and Dan Pagis, literary executor and lifelong friend of Lea Goldberg, award-winning translator of Agnon and others.  Back's lecture will track the central tenets of Ruebner's poetry and his unique trajectory from being a voice of the Holocaust generation to becoming also a poet of protest. Locating her words within the difficult reality of the Middle East, Back will discuss the fashion in which Ruebner's poetry offers an alternative perspective on historical and personal losses, asserting a life-affirming force from out of the devastation of the twentieth century, into the twenty first.


    Rachel Tzvia Back, poet, translator, and professor of literature, lives in the Galilee, where her great great great grandfather settled in the 1830s. She has lectured widely in the US and is the recipient of various awards, including a PEN Translation grant, a Hadassah-Brandeis Research grant, and a Dora Maar Brown Foundation Fellowship. Previous volumes of translation include Lea Goldberg: Selected Poetry and Drama and With an Iron Pen: Twenty Years of Hebrew Protest Poetry. Her own poetry collection A Messenger Comes (Elegies) was voted by Forward Magazine one of the five most notable poetry collections of 2012.


    Sponsored by: Judaic Studies, English Language & Literature, Comparative Literature