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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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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Dream of a Common loshn

How can we read Yid­dish poet­ry across time to find a new com­mon lan­guage? How can we cre­ate a space for the imag­ined dia­logues of Kadia Molodowsky and Adri­enne Rich with their fore­moth­ers, an alter­na­tive nar­ra­tive of blood and text? 

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Is There Such a Thing as “Yiddish Architecture”?

The spa­tial turn” in the human­i­ties has opened up new kinds of think­ing about Jews’ rela­tion­ship to place. Yet how can this approach — which focus­es on the phys­i­cal­ly con­crete — be applied to the field of Yid­dish stud­ies, which after all is defined by the intan­gi­ble fac­tor of language? 

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