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The Yiddish (Un)conscious, with Naomi Seidman
Image above courtesy Nancy Rosenblum, Frisco Graphics.
Naomi Seidman will explore the reception and translation of Freud in Yiddish, a language that some have called the unconscious of assimilated Jews. We will focus in particular on Max Weinreich, Freud’s authorized Yiddish translator and popularizer, who described American Jews in such terms, 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, which persisted in his own thought and writing.
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