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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Yiddish Studies From a New Perspective

Mikhail Kru­tikov calls for the revival the intel­lec­tu­al rela­tions, coor­di­na­tion, and exchange between the dif­fer­ent cor­ners of Yid­dish Studies.

Review

“To what might the yard have been compared?”

Ach, the things a poor tai­lor has lived to see! We live in times when the coats go around mak­ing them­selves.” A review of a recent trans­la­tion of Kul­bak’s Zel­menyan­er.

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The Price of Remorse: Yiddish and the Work of Mourning in Jacob Steinberg’s Hebrew Poetry

Jacob Stein­berg’s poet­ry between Hebrew and Yid­dish, between mourn­ing and melancholy.

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Is There Yiddish Photography?

Is there Yid­dish pho­tog­ra­phy? Can non-lin­guis­tic things be Yid­dish? Yid­dish pho­tog­ra­phy (or cul­ture in gen­er­al) might emerge not in any work of art, but in the peo­ple who pro­duced it, read it, viewed it, bought it, sold it, and exhib­it­ed it.

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The Schandmaske, Silence, and mame-loshn

Was Yid­dish lit­er­a­ture of the ear­ly mod­ern peri­od an out­let for the voic­es of women, or did it par­tic­i­pate in their sup­pres­sion, like the iron tongue of the Rothen­burg Schand­maske?

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Yiddish Literature in the American West

Was there a defin­able style of Yid­dish writ­ing pro­duced in the Amer­i­can West? It is time to look beyond New York and exam­ine the unique expe­ri­ences of Jews on the Pacif­ic Coast and the lit­er­ary cul­ture they produced. 

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Yiddish and the Holocaust

It seems obvi­ous that study of the Holo­caust would need to high­light Yid­dish. Unfor­tu­nate­ly though, the study of the Holo­caust has often been pur­sued with­out the slight­est nod to Yid­dish. What is lost when Yid­dish is left out? 

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Auden Can Wait: Introducing the Academic Section of In geveb

What is Yid­dish Stud­ies? We inau­gu­rate In geveb with a sym­po­sium on the state of the field, where a cross-sec­tion of schol­ars iden­ti­fy the press­ing ques­tions of Yid­dish Studies.

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Tongue-Twisted: Itzik Manger between mame-loshn and loshn-koydesh

Avant-garde Yid­dish poet Itzik Manger rein­scribes tra­di­tion­al Yid­dish cul­tur­al prac­tices, such as icon­o­clas­tic and anachro­nis­tic rewrit­ings of bib­li­cal texts, in a polit­i­cal­ly rad­i­cal and poet­i­cal­ly mod­ernist context. 

Review

Here Dwells the Jewish People

A review of Avra­ham Nover­shtern’s new book on a cen­tu­ry of Amer­i­can Yid­dish lit­er­a­ture. Our review­er asks: was Yid­dish lit­er­a­ture in Amer­i­ca a cul­tur­al enter­prise that was doomed from the start or one that gen­er­at­ed mul­ti­ple beginnings? 

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