A growing collection of in-depth interviews with people of all ages and backgrounds, whose stories about the legacy and changing nature of Yiddish language and culture offer a rich and complex chronicle of Jewish identity.
"A Frieda Kahlo Figure of Poetry": The Thematic Depth of Celia Dropkin's Poetry
Kenneth Levinson, novelist and grandson of Yiddish writer Celia Dropkin, describes the energy, depth, and themes of his grandmother's poetry. He then speaks on whether or not, and to what degree, her poetry and art was self-reflective and how women's art is often subject to a different kind of analysis than that of men.
This is an excerpt from an oral history with Kenneth Levinson.
This excerpt is in English.
Kenneth Levinson was born in Northampton, MA in 1953.
This interview is part of the Beyond the Books: Yiddish writers and their descendants series.
Other video highlights from this oral history
"A Frieda Kahlo Figure of Poetry": The Thematic Depth of Celia Dropkin's Poetry3 minutes 52 seconds
Exploring the Legacy of Female Ancestors: Writing About Celia Dropkin5 minutes 28 seconds
"She Was Always There in the Paintings": Celia Dropkin's Presence in the Family1 minute 11 seconds
Celia Dropkin's Transition From Writing in Russian to Writing in Yiddish1 minute 33 seconds
Celia Dropkin's Writing Process2 minutes 8 seconds
The Resonance of Celia Dropkin's Writing: New Audiences in the 21st Century3 minutes 9 seconds
Reflections on My Jewish Identity8 minutes 44 seconds
How Having Celia Dropkin as a Grandmother Influenced My Identity as a Writer3 minutes 18 seconds
About the Wexler Oral History Project
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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