Isaac Babel in the Classroom

Isaac Babel in the Classroom

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Date and Time

  • Thursday, November 9, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.


Serra Hall, Humanities Center, 200

5998 Alcala Park San Diego, CA 92110




Isaac Babel (July 1894-January 1940) was tortured and executed on Stalin’s orders for the crime of being a writer whose stories did not glorify the Bolshevik Revolution and the modern conformist state.  The murder of Babel and millions of others, their corpses tagged and thrown into common graves; routine denunciations, separations, and enslavement in forced-labor camps; state-sponsored terror enacted over decades in support of a rigid ideological dictatorship—how does knowing this happened affect how readers read Babel’s work?

Lecture by Irene Williams, PhD, Professor of English

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