"Not only does Miryam Segal’s A New Sound in Hebrew Poetry dare offer an answer to the perennial question posed by Hölderlin: What are poets for? It also reveals, in the language of Hebrew poetry, the subtle layers of ars poetica operative within the remarkable renaissance of Jewish peoplehood." —Nashim
During the 1990s, the major authorized presentations
of Anne's life and work were revamped: the Anne Frank-Fonds issued a new
version of the diary for the general reader, known as the Definitive Edition (first published in Dutch in 1991), and
authorized a revision of the diary's official dramatization (which premiered on
Broadway in 1997). In the mid-1990s, the Anne Frank House underwent an
extensive renovation that reconfigured visitors' encounter with the building.
These changes both reassert the authority of these officially sanctioned works
and institutions and respond, if tacitly, to new public attention to the
diary's regulation, including news reports of pages of the diary that had been
suppressed due to their sensitive content and major studies of Meyer Levin's
feud with Otto Frank over the dramatic rights to the diary.
the passage of time and the passing of the last living links to Anne has come a
new sense of urgency to keep her story alive. In 2010 Miep Gies—who, after
Otto Frank, was the most widely known living witness to Anne's years in
hiding—died at the age of 100. That same year saw the demise of the chestnut
tree that grew behind the Annex, which had become a powerful emblem of Anne's
remembrance, the subject of Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett's contribution to
this collection. At the same time that the official keepers of Anne Frank's
legacy continue to promote remembering her life and writing in new ways, there
has been a proliferation of works that have tested, evaded, or flouted the
proprietary rights and expectations of propriety that surround Anne and her
diary. These works include, on the one hand, a more liberal licensed use of the
diary text (e.g., its citation, with permission of the Anne Frank-Fonds, in Anne B. Real, a 2003 feature film about
a young female rapper living in East Harlem who is inspired by Anne's diary)
and, on the other hand, works that tell Anne's story without quoting directly
from the diary, thereby circumventing the issue of securing permissions (e.g., Melissa Müller's 1998 biography of Anne Frank and its 2001
dramatization for television).
Highly personal takes on Anne and the diary find their place in blog postings
and tribute videos, which, unlike print, film, or broadcasting, resist
traditional regulation. Digital media offer ripe opportunities for
mashups that copy, rework, and combine texts, images, and sound or video
recordings and that can go viral through social media. Within this culture of
open sharing of information and creative work, which has its own social
practices and its own ethics, Anne Frank and her diary are truly unbound, and
the very ethos ascribed to her life and work is rethought.
The ongoing debates
over how to engage Anne Frank “properly” take place in response to we call the
“Anne Frank phenomenon”—that is, the many different ways that people have
engaged with her life and work. The
essays in Anne Frank Unbound examine
this phenomenon as a subject in its own right, including thsee debates over the
many responses to Anne’s diary and life story:
This impulse to restrict or regulate
engagement with such a widely read text, though rooted in worthy concerns for
historical accuracy and moral rigor, discounts the significance of this
engagement by millions of readers. The fact that it takes many different forms,
is inconsistent in its sense of purpose, varies considerably in quality of
execution, and not infrequently proves to be disturbing for one reason or
another does not diminish its value. Rather, what makes the Anne Frank
phenomenon compelling is precisely its vast sprawl. Indeed, notwithstanding its
global character and use of a wide range of media, from works of fine art to
MP3 files, the Anne Frank phenomenon can be considered a kind of folk practice,
as it is largely the work of individuals or grassroots communities, inspired by
this widely available text to forge their own attachment to Anne's life and
Jeffrey Shandler is Professor of Jewish Studies at Rutgers University. He is author of Adventures in Yiddishland: Postvernacular Language and Culture and While America Watches: Televising the Holocaust, editor of Awakening Lives: Autobiographies of Jewish Youth in Poland before the Holocaust, and editor (with Hasia R. Diner and Beth S. Wenger) ofRemembering the Lower East Side (IUP, 2000).
For more information about Anne Frank Unbound, read an excerpt from the book, or listen to an IU Press podcast with Jeffrey Shandler:
We are pleased to announce that Earth Works: Selected Essays by Scott Russell Sanders is a finalist for the 2013 Ohioana Book Award in the category of nonfiction! The award is sponsored by the Ohioana Library, which aims to recognize the accomplishments of talented Ohioans. (Sanders grew up in Ohio.)
The awards bring state and national attention to Ohio authors and their books. Each year, up to six awards may be given to provide recognition and encouragement to authors for outstanding books in the categories of Fiction, Nonfiction, Juvenile Books, Poetry, and About Ohio or an Ohioan.
The winners will be announced in August and the awards will presented October 11 during the annual Ohioana Day Luncheon. To see a complete list of finalists, visit the Ohioana Library's website.
"[McGerr's] study, scholarly and intuitive in equal measure, demonstrates that what may appear to be an inert status symbol, is actually a highly charged, and exquisitely wrought, political document." —Renaissance Quarterly
"Gerald Sorin tells Fast's story
in this engaging and fluidly written biography. He draws connections
among Fast's Jewishness, his writings, and that most curious part of his
long embrace of the Communist Party. In so doing, Sorin illuminates a
complex part of American Jewish life in the twentieth century. ... Sorin
is a brilliant biographer who proves to be both sympathetic and critical
of his subject. This is Gerald Sorin's second
National Jewish Book Award. He won in the category of history for his Irving Howe: A Life of Passionate Dissent, in 2003"
—Jewish Book World
"Anne Frank Unbound ... tell[s] us a great deal about the myriad uses to which one individual story has been and can be put. ... In addition to these ethical and political questions, the essays engage productively with the aesthetic choices made by writers, visual artists, filmmakers, performance artists, and comedians, who recast Anne Frank in a variety of media and situations. ... If Anne Frank Unbound is any indication, the diary will certainly continue ... to raise a set of persistent ethical, political, and aesthetic questions that have been with us since its first publication." —Women's Review of Books
May is Short Story Month! We're celebrating this occasion by offering reading selections from some of our recently published short story collections. Check them out and see if you agree with the Short Story Month founders that "we are on the verge of the second golden age of the short story."
Sightings Stories B. J. Hollars
B. J. Hollars’s debut short story collection offers ten thematically linked tales, all of which are out to subvert conventional notions of the midwestern coming-of-age story. The stories feature an assemblage of Bigfoot believers, Civil War reenactors, misidentified Eskimos, and grief-stricken clowns, among other outcasts incapable of finding a place in their worlds.
New Stories from the Midwest 2012 Introduction by Guest Editor John McNally Edited by Jason Lee Brown and Shanie Latham
New Stories from the Midwest presents a collection of stories that celebrate an American region too often ignored in discussions about distinctive regional literature. This collection features short fiction by Charles Baxter, Dan Chaon, Christopher Mohar, Rebecca Makkai, Lee Martin, and others.