Malka and Eitan Evan Annual Yom Ha-Shoah Lecture
From Diary to Book
Lecture by Jeffrey Shandler, Rutgers University
Monday, April 28, 2014 @
Page Hall, Downtown Campus, University at Albany
Event is free and open to the public.
Free parking is available. View parking map.
Jeffrey Shandler is co-editor (with Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett) of Anne Frank Unbound: Media, Imagination, Memory (2012)
Since it first appeared in print over 65 years ago, Anne Frank¹s diary has become one of the world¹s most widely read books. But the book that so many people read is not the same as her original diary. The text went through a complex series of edits, including by Anne herself while in hiding. Since the original Dutch publication of 1947 there have been many dozens of editions, each one presenting readers with a different approach to the diary through different translations, introductions, supplementary materials, even cover art. At the same time, the original red-and-white plaid notebook in which Anne started keeping her diary in 1942 has become the object of veneration, suspicion, and scholarly scrutiny, as well as an iconic presence on stage and screen and in museum exhibitions. By considering the transformation of Anne Frank’s diary into a book and then following that book’s journey through its many different presentations, we gain insight into the powerful significance attached to Anne’s life and work.
Hosted by the UAlbany Judaic Studies Program with generous support from the Office of the President, the College of Arts and Sciences, and The University at Albany Foundation.