The Harry Ransom Center and Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies presents Is Isaac Bashevis Singer a Yiddish Writer?
Few Yiddish writers have engendered more controversy than Isaac Bashevis Singer. For some, he was a prodigious literary talent who spoke to Jewish and non-Jewish readers alike and became the first and only Yiddish writer to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature. For others he was a shande, a disgrace who betrayed Yiddish culture to such a degree it was questionable whether he could be called a Yiddish writer at all.
In this program offered in partnership with the Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies, Aaron Lansky will revisit those debates, share his own encounters with Singer, and, 30 years after the author’s death, ask whether Singer really was a Yiddish writer, perhaps one of the very best.