CES: "A New Magic Mountain: German Prose, Hebrew Modernism and the Central European Sanatorium"


Thursday, April 16, 2015, 4:15pm to 6:00pm


Adolphus Busch Hall, Cabot Room
Description: The paper situates the Hebrew prose writing of David Vogel within the Central European and German literary context of its inception, with specific attention paid to his first novella, In the Sanatorium. The text, completed in 1926, describes the life and suicide of a tubercular Jewish man who is taking the cure in a southern Tyrolian sanatorium for the indigent. The talk will argue that to understand Vogel's writing process and literary agenda is to situate this novel within an inter textual network of Germanic literary sources of the same period, including those of Thomas Mann, Arthur Schnitzler, Herman Hesse, and Knut Hamsun.
Sunny Yudkoff Lecturer in Yiddish language, University of Chicago
Sponsors: Jews in Modern Europe Study Group; Center for Jewish Studies Leon I. Mirell Lecture Fund
Contacts: Phyllis Albert, phyllisalbert@gmail.com; Alex Sagan, alex@sagan.org