Institute for Judaic Studies of the Pacific Northwest
29th Annual Meeting

The meeting will take place on Monday, February 13, 2012 at 6:00 pm
Vollum Lounge of Reed College, Portland, OR

Marat Grinberg
Assistant Professor of Russian and Humanities at Reed College
  will deliver the Roscoe C. Nelson Jr. Memorial Lecture:
Boris Slutsky, the Soviet Rashi

The lecture is based on Grinberg's book, I Am to Be Read not from Left to Right, but in Jewish: from Right to Left: the Poetics of Boris Slutsky, published  last year.

Best known in Russia as a poet of the Second World War, Slutsky belonged to the first—and last—generation of writers whose lives were spent completely under Communist rule.  Like most members of that generation, the war split his life in two.

Because of his subject and style Slutsky has been referred to by one Russian critic as a Job-like figure. Marat Grinberg [in his book] presents Slutsky  not as Job, but as Moses, and his work as a midrashic interpretation of the Jewish Bible from the perspective of the Soviet era.

Unlike most Russian critics, who treat Slutsky as a poetic voice representing the war generation, Grinberg seeks to unearth deeper layers of meaning by interrogating Slutsky's poetry in a hermeneutic Judaic mode.

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Dinner, $25 per person.
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