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ENGL 3550
Scott Schau

th Lecture Wed. Mar. 13 2013 -quoting and citing poetry on slide online if you are unclear of how to do this ―Di rayze aheym‖ The Journey Home Biographical reading -Klepfisz’s own exile to America -loss of family, culture, language -bold is not encouraging us to think of Klepfisz as the speaker -there is a relationship between the speakers identity and Klepfisz -speaker voices Klepfisz experiences but is not her -create space between the speaker and the author, they are different -―because I hear resonances of Klepfisz biography in the speakers images, I interpret it to mean… ―(answer) -trip to Poland in 1983 -see parts 3 and 4, especially -we can hear the journey quite literally -the idea of journey’s -foraging new community and alliances -Klepfisz enters the community of the dead to not just talk about herself but to connect with ppl Author, narrator/speaker, reader author—implied author—narrator/speaker narratee/addressee—implied reader (an non Yiddish speaking person)—reader Cultural Reading Quote ―Language is the only homeland‖ –Czeslaw Milosz -Klepfisz’s epigraph to ―Fradel schtok‖ Think if it: heym and home the meaning the same of course exactly but the shift in vowel was the ocean in which I downed From: Fradel schtok ―Di rayze aheym/The journey home‖: ―One of Klepfisz’s most sustained efforts to reside in language‖ (Shreiber 281) -Yiddish: a ―language of fusion‖ (Max Weinreich, qtd. Shreiber 278) -―Yiddish is the fading legacy of a world inhabited largely by ghosts, a diminished thing‖ (Shreiber 280) -―poetry of cultural re-creation‖ –Adrienne Rich -the language is under threat as the land is under threat, it is one of those languages that has survived but in a very tentative kind of shape th Lecture Fri. Mar. 15 2013 Today: Gloria Anzaldua -history of geography -biography -cultural politics -Anzaldua & Klepfisz -―El Sonavabitche‖ -language and borders Mexican-American Border Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo 1848 ―We didn’t cross the border the border crossed us‖ -popular Chicano saying, slogan of immigrants rights movement -the border moved north Gloria Anzaldua: Biography -1942-2004, died recently -born south Texas to migrant farm workers (very impoverished circumstances) -she worked as a sharecropper, this is heavy manual work
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