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

Sunday, March 14, 2021

Where the 'Vilde Chayes' Are: Maurice Sendak's Creative Jewish Vision
Dr. Golan Moskowitz
Dr. Golan Moskowitz
Tulane University, Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies and Catherine and Henry J. Gaisman Faculty Fellow

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=>Purchase here</a>