The Alan Sondheim Mail Archive

December 2, 2013

[What I'm talking about, with video and image, later today,
12/2/13, at UMN, Judaism as it relates to my work. Beginning
with quotes from Hillel in Avot of Rabbi Natan, end perhaps
with live examples. If there were more time, I'd be applying
back-to-front transformations, as well as the elimination of
duplicate words - mimicking and enlarging upon the entanglement
of speech and creation. There is only so much time. Thanks to
Maria Damon, Sandy Baldwin, Foofwa d'Imobilite, Maud Liardon,
Azure Carter, examples and performances from everywhere. You
may have seen much of this text; I keep refining, recreating
the original from the debris of origination, such as it is.]

Semi(o)te Xt 2: Reading Jewishness Between the Text

Date: 12/02/2013
Time: 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Location: 125 Nolte Center for Continuing Education
Cost: Free

"Semi(o)te Xt 2: Reading Jewishness Between the Text" is a
one-day symposium/workshop on Jewishness and poetics broadly
construed; we will explore how poets and writers think about,
produce, and enact Jewishness in their texts. The two main
presenters will be Maria Damon and Alan Sondheim; Elizabeth
Workman (MFA candidate in the Department of English) will read a
response to last year's event, and Eric Lorberer of Rain Taxi
Review of Books will respond to Alan and Maria's presentations
as well as read some of his own work.  The goal is to engage in
critical discussions about the permutations and fluidities of
Jewish texts and how they situate themselves (or not) in this
loose matrix.  The presenters will address, sometimes obliquely,
the ways in which Jewishness is textually present in their work.
One focus of the symposium will be to explore how this textual
presence enables a shifting and changing of Jewishnessdifferent
ways of enacting Jewishness in a range of media, but especially

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