Articles

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

The Marriage Plot

Dory Fox

Naomi Seidman’s new book examines the Ashkenazi Jewish experience of modernization through the representation of changing ideas about love and sexuality in literature.

Article

New Yiddish Film and the Transvernacular

Rebecca Margolis

The study of Yiddish cinema gets updated for the twenty-first century, Margolis explores how the language is being used in film in the last decade.

Review

Nothing Backwards about the Forward's New Anthology

Eileen Pollack

The new anthology of stories published in The Forward has more than a few gems, Eileen Pollack reviews.

Review

Niemandssprache: A Biography of Itzik Manger

Jenna Ingalls

A review of Efrat Gal-Ed’s new biography of Itzik Manger.

Review

Miriam Udel’s Never Better! The Modern Jewish Picaresque

Matthew Johnson

Miriam Udel’s new book travels with the genre of the picaresque from the shtetl to the USA to the USSR and brings it into the twentieth century.

Review

Jerold C. Frakes: Early Yiddish Epic

Rachel Wamsley

Jerold Frakes’s recent English anthology makes early Yiddish epic accessible to a broad audience for the first time.

Review

Translingualism Today: A Review of Naomi Brenner’s Lingering Bilingualism

Yaakov Herskovitz and Shachar Pinsker

Naomi Brenner’s new book complicates the story of the Hebrew-Yiddish “language wars” and argues that Jewish translingualism continues well into the 20th century.

Review

Immigrants Against the State

Samuel Hayim Brody

A review of Kenyon Zimmer’s recently published book, Immigrants Against the State: Yiddish and Italian Anarchism in America.

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Beyond the Color Line: Jews, Blacks, and the American Racial Imagination

Jennifer Young

NYU Doctoral Candidate Jennifer Young explores the complicated ways in which American Jews claimed whiteness while examining and often identifying with Black American struggles.

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