Jewish Studies Lecture: Adriana Jacobs, “Sent into Orbit: Yehuda Amichai in Translation”

by CJS


Adriana X. Jacobs, New Faculty Fellow, Yale University

Event Details

Thursday, February 21, 2013
4:00 p.m.
Masley Media Room, Red Gym


This talk addresses the role that English-language writers (both in and outside of Israel) have played in bringing Israeli literature in Hebrew onto the international stage. As was true for poet Yehuda Amichai’s early translators, translation has allowed many Israeli poets working in languages other than Hebrew to negotiate, and even challenge, their marginal status within Israeli literature, while it bolstered Amichai’s international status as Israel’s national poet.

About the Speaker

Adriana X. Jacobs (PhD, Princeton) is an American Council of Learned Society New faculty Fellow at Yale University in the Department of Comparative Literature and the Program in Judaic Studies, where she teaches courses on modern Hebrew and Israeli poetry, Jewish Latin American literature, and translation. Her current book project, Where You Take Words: Sites of Translation in Contemporary Israeli Poetry, is a comparative study on the status, circulation, and value of translation in Israeli literature.