Assistant Professor, Department of German, Nordic and Slavic, & the Mosse/Weinstein Center for Jewish Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison
April 16, 2015
4:15pm - 6:00pm
Hoffmann Room, Adolphus Busch Hall
Description: The paper situates the Hebrew prose writing of David Vogel within the Central European and German literary context of its inception, with specific attention paid to his first novella, In the Sanatorium. The text, completed in 1926, describes the life and suicide of a tubercular Jewish man who is taking the cure in a southern Tyrolian sanatorium for the indigent. The talk will argue that to understand Vogel's writing process and literary agenda is to situate this novel within an inter textual network of Germanic literary sources of the same period, including those of Thomas Mann, Arthur Schnitzler, Herman Hesse, and Knut Hamsun.