Jessica Kirzane to speak on Miriam Karpilove’s “Diary of a Lonely Girl”: An Online Discussion, Reading, and Q+A

Miriam Karpilove’s “Diary of a Lonely Girl”: An Online Discussion, Reading, and Q+A with Jessica Kirzane and Sasha Senderovich

Thursday, December 10, 2020, 4:00 - 5:00 EST (3:00 Chicago Time)

Schedule and Registration: This online event will take place at 4pm ET on Thursday, December 10, 2020. Register here to reserve your access to the event. Registration is free and open to the public.

Event Description: For this event, Jessica Kirzane, scholar and translator of the Yiddish writer Miriam Karpilove (1888–1956), is joined by Sasha Senderovich, specialist of Russian-Jewish émigré authors, to discuss Karpilove’s novel Diary of a Lonely Girl, or the Battle Against Free Love. From the perch of a diarist writing in first person about her own love life, this novel offers a snarky, melodramatic criticism of radical leftist immigrant youth culture in early twentieth-century New York City. Kirzane and Senderovich come together to introduce Karpilove’s novel and discuss its importance and complexities. They will also consider its place in the tradition of émigré Yiddish literature.

Their discussion will be followed by a short reading from Kirzane’s recent translation of the novel (published by Syracuse University Press). A question-and-answer session will wrap up the event, during which all attendees will have the opportunity to participate.

Jessica Kirzane is Assistant Instructional Professor of Yiddish at the University of Chicago, and the Editor-in-Chief of In Geveb: A Journal of Yiddish Studies. Kirzane was a 2017 Translation Fellow and a 2018 Pedagogy Fellow at the Yiddish Book Center.

Sasha Senderovich is Assistant Professor in the Department of Slavic Languages & Literatures and the Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington Seattle. Together with Harriet Murav, he is the translator of David Bergelson's Judgment: A Novel (Northwestern University Press, 2017).