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The Invention of Love? How Yiddish Poets Read Heinrich Heine
Oct 25 2007


Jeffrey Grossman, Associate Professor, Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures, University of Virginia

This lecture explores the ways in which the work of several poets affiliated with the “Di Yunge” responded to Heine. It argues that the poets of “Di Yunge” were drawn to Heine not for his expressions of “Weltschmerz, sweet melancholy, and sentimental love for all mankind” (Sol Liptzin), but rather for the complexity and irony with which Heine explored those and other emotional states in his poetry.

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