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The Yiddish (Un)conscious, with Naomi Seidman
Image above courtesy Nancy Rosenblum, Frisco Graphics.
Naomi Seidman will explore the translation of Freud into Yiddish and how that translation was received. We will focus in particular on Max Weinreich, Freud’s authorized Yiddish translator and popularizer, who described Yiddish as the unconscious of assimilated Jews and believed that Yiddish had the power to raise the buried Jewish past to consciousness. We will analyze the unique character of psychoanalysis in Yiddish, the language of Freud’s immediate ancestors, and a language that influenced his own thought and writing.
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