Shakespeare & Yiddish, with Ilan Stavans

Recorded Live Via Zoom on January 27, 2022

A meditation on the ways Shakespeare became a litmus test for Yiddish actors, playwrights, and translators, who infused him with a Jewish sensibility often defined by melodrama.

Ilan Stavans is an internationally renowned writer whose books, translated into numerous languages, have been adapted into film, theater, TV, and radio. He is the author of the graphic novels El Iluminado (2013) and Angelitos (2017), the award-winning poem "The Wall" (2018), and the forthcoming meditation on immigration and mental illness What Remains (2020). He edited the Oxford Book of Jewish Stories (1998), the Norton Anthology of Latino Literature (2011), Becoming Americans (2013), and How Yiddish Changes America and How America Changed Yiddish (2020), among other volumes. His other one-man play The Oven has toured all over the United States. He is Lewis-Sebring Professor of Humanities, Latin American and Latino Culture at Amherst College.

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