Following the successful launch of the Mellon-Sawyer seminar series on February 4th, Professor Mikhail Krutikov published an essay that surveys the fascinating events of Jewish Multilingualism in the Midwest: Yiddish Translations of Urban Experience in the Yiddish language version of the Jewish news publication Forward.
Titled “Young Scholars Discover Yiddish Literature in the American Midwest,” the essay spotlights the unique place of Jewish midwestern literature within the broader context of American Jewish culture, which has been largely unexamined thus far, and the various contributions made by the seminar’s participants to its exploration.
Krutikov concludes that: “Whether we can indeed discuss a specifically midwestern cultural “style” still largely remains in question. This was, no doubt, merely the first step in a new inquiry of the rich and mostly forgotten cultural legacy of the great industrial cities Detroit, Chicago, Milwaukee, and Cleveland, which had once possessed such a lively Jewish cultural ambient.”
Mikhail Krutikov is a professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures and Preston R. Tisch Professor of Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan.