‘Your Heimat is our Nightmare’: Post-Soviet Poetic Interventions in German Culture

Natasha Gordinsky

(University of Haifa, Israel)

6.30pm, 14 October 2021

In the past decade, post-Soviet Jewish writers, poets and artists who live and work in Germany, have been playing a crucial
role in the ongoing debate on the various forms of migrant belonging in contemporary German culture. This lecture explores how these different cultural agents reflect and de-stabilize, performatively, the meaning of Heimat, a concept that is highly charged both in German and Soviet contexts.

Dr Natasha Gordinsky is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Hebrew and Comparative Literature at the University of Haifa. She is co-author of Canon und Diskurs: Über die Literarisierung der jüdischen Erfahrungswelten (2008), written with Susanne Zepp, and author of In Three Landscapes: Lea Goldberg’s Early Writings (2016, Hebr.) She is currently working on a book-length project that deals with spatial history of World War II in post- Soviet Germanophone literature.

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