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"I Want to Paint Women with a Vision of Strength as Well as Challenge, so Isn't That a Politic?": Celia Dropkin's Politics as Expressed Through Her Art
Elizabeth Starčević, granddaughter of Yiddish poet Celia Dropkin, discusses her grandmother's political opinions, which she feels were expressed most clearly through her art and writing about and for women.
This is an excerpt from an oral history with Elizabeth Starčević.
This excerpt is in English.
Elizabeth Starčević was born in 1942 in New York, New York.
This interview is part of the Beyond the Books: Yiddish writers and their descendants series.
Other video highlights from this oral history
"I Want to Paint Women with a Vision of Strength as Well as Challenge, so Isn't That a Politic?": Celia Dropkin's Politics as Expressed Through Her Art2 minutes
"This is Something That Would Speak with Audre Lorde": Things People Should Know About Celia's Life, Poetry, and Personality2 minutes 15 seconds
"She's Known as Practically the First Erotic Woman Writer": Celia Dropkin's Poetry and Her Strong, Determined Personality3 minutes 6 seconds
"I Think, 'Ah, is This What She Thought?'": Reading Celia's Work in Translation and Discovering New Ideas With Each Reading4 minutes 52 seconds
Celia Dropkin's "Paint Things" and Her Habit of Painting Her Immediate Surroundings4 minutes 6 seconds
Hearing Celia Dropkin's Poetry Growing Up1 minute 39 seconds
More information about this oral history excerpt
Themes in this oral history excerpt:
- Elizabeth Starčević
- Celia Dropkin
- Politics and political movements
- children/grandchildren of Yiddish personalities, Beyond the Books
- Family history, stories about ancestors
- Visual Arts
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Since 2010, the Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project has recorded more than 500 in-depth video interviews that provide a deeper understanding of the Jewish experience and the legacy and changing nature of Yiddish language and culture.
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