Essays and peer-reviewed scholarship in Yiddish Studies, an interdisciplinary field that engages all aspects of Yiddish cultural production, especially in its relationship to other cultures and languages.

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Review of Moyshe Kulbak's Ale lider un poemen, edited by Siarhej Šupa

In two vol­umes, Siarhej Šupa brings Moyshe Kul­bak’s com­plete poet­ry to read­ers in the Yid­dish orig­i­nal, Belaru­sian trans­la­tion, and Latin transliteration.


Review of Jonah Corne and Monika Vrečar's Yiddish Cinema: The Drama of Troubled Communication

Yid­dish Cin­e­ma: The Dra­ma of Trou­bled Com­mu­ni­ca­tion sug­gests inno­v­a­tive and fruit­ful ways that schol­ar­ship in media stud­ies can be applied to Yid­dish cinema.


Review of Montage: Works by Debora Vogel, trans. Lyubas

This small hard­cov­er book is a per­fect gem for those who want to intro­duce them­selves to Vogel’s poetry.


Review of Shira Gorshman's Meant to Be, translated by Faith Jones

This is the first book-length col­lec­tion of Gorshman’s work to be trans­lat­ed into Eng­lish, with only a hand­ful of sto­ries elsewhere.


Review of Seth Stern's Speaking Yiddish to Chickens

This account of Yid­dish-speak­ing farm­ers offers a mod­el for engag­ing with oral his­to­ry and the mem­o­ry of com­mu­ni­ties that have since disappeared.


Review of Miriam Karpilove's A Provincial Newspaper and Other Stories, translated by Jessica Kirzane

The women in A Provin­cial News­pa­per and Oth­er Sto­ries are com­plex, mul­ti­fac­eted char­ac­ters, and they do not uni­form­ly fix­ate on love.


Review of Nick Underwood's Yiddish Paris: Staging Nation and Community in Interwar France

Today’s Yid­dishists can find his­tor­i­cal mod­els for polit­i­cal­ly-engaged cul­tur­al activism in Nick Under­wood’s account of inter­war Paris.


Review of Adi Mahalel's The Radical Isaac: I. L. Peretz and the Rise of Jewish Socialism

Read­ing Peretz as a polit­i­cal thinker, Adi Mahalel offers a case for writ­ing social­ism into the cen­ter of the rise of mod­ern Yid­dish literature.


Review of Barry Trachtenberg's The Holocaust and the Exile of Yiddish: A History of the Algemeyne Entsiklopedye

The three decades of the Alge­meyne Entsik­lope­dye trace the fate of Yid­dish dias­po­ra nation­al­ism before and after the Sec­ond World War and the geno­cide of Europe’s Jews.