TOPIC | ISAAC BABEL’S 1920 DIARY: HOW TO READ DIARIES AS EGO-DOCUMENTS
A new reading of Isaac Babel’s 1920 Diary, through the lens of literary criticism of the genre of diaries, and a reappraisal of Babel’s relationship to Judaism and the Jews.
BIO | Michael F. Stanislawski is the Nathan J. Miller Professor of Jewish History at Columbia University, where he has taught since 1980. He has written numerous books on Jewish, Russian, and European history, focusing on intellectual and cultural history. He served for many years on the CEU International Committee on Jewish Studies. His books include: A Murder in Lemberg: Politics, Religion, & Violence in Modern Jewish History (2007); Autobiographical Jews: Studies in Jewish Self-Fashioning (2004); Zionism and the Fin-de-Siècle: Cosmopolitanism and Nationalism from Nordau to Jabotinsky (2001); For Whom Do I Toil? Judah Leib Gordon and the Crisis of Russian Jewry (1988); Tsar Nicholas I and the Jews: The Transformation of Jewish Society in Russia, 1825-1855 (1983).
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