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Where the 'Vilde Chayes' Are: Maurice Sendak's Creative Jewish Vision


Dr. Golan Moskowitz
Tulane University, Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies and Catherine and Henry J. Gaisman Faculty Fellow

Golan Moskowitz is Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies and Catherine and Henry J. Gaisman Faculty Fellow at Tulane University, where he teaches courses on Jewish gender and sexuality, Holocaust studies, and Jewish comics and graphic novels. He is the author of 'Wild Visionary: Maurice Sendak in Queer Jewish Context' (Stanford University Press, 2020) and of several publications on intergenerational memory in post-Holocaust family narratives. Golan's work has been supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture, the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute, and the Tauber Institute for the Study of European Jewry.


The late Jewish American artist Maurice Sendak (1928-2012) changed the face of children’s literature and paved the way for the reconsiderations of Otherness that pervade contemporary media. His emotionally isolated, unruly, and ethnically particular protagonists use fantasy to resist social coercion and self-erasure. In 'Wild Visionary: Maurice Sendak in Queer Jewish Context' (Stanford University Press, 2020), Golan Moskowitz investigates the evolution of Sendak’s artistic vision and its appeal for American, Jewish, and queer audiences. The present talk will offer a pointed discussion of 'Wild Visionary,' illuminating how Sendak’s multiple perspectives as a Holocaust-conscious, American-born son of Yiddish-speaking Jewish immigrants informed his life and work. It will also explore how the artist’s work interacted with his cultural surroundings, offering insights into experiences of marginality and emotional resilience that remain relevant and visionary to this day. For 20% off your purchase of 'Wild Visionary,' use code VISIONARY20 at checkout here: <a href=https://www.sup.org/books/title/?id=31783>Purchase here</a>