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 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.


Review of Lea Schäfer's Syntax and Morphology of Yiddish Dialects

Lea Schäfer demon­strates what can be learned about vari­a­tions in pre-Holo­caust Yid­dish from the mate­ri­als of the Lan­guage and Cul­tur­al Archive of Ashke­naz­ic Jewry.


Review of Polish Jewish Culture Beyond the Capital, edited by Halina Goldberg and Nancy Sinkoff with Natalia Aleksiun

War­saw casts a long shad­ow on oth­er cities and the provinces in this account of Jew­ish cul­ture through­out the Pol­ish lands.


Treating Emotions in a Tempest: Review of Amy Simon’s Emotions in Yiddish Ghetto Diaries

Amy Simon deploys empath­ic read­ing to inter­pret the range of emo­tions con­tained in Yid­dish diaries writ­ten in the ghet­tos of War­saw, Lodz, and Vilna.


Review of Marat Grinberg's The Soviet Jewish Bookshelf

Read­ing between the lines,” specif­i­cal­ly for sub­merged Jew­ish knowl­edge” in the con­text of the Sovi­et state’s sup­pres­sion of the full scope of Jew­ish tra­di­tion and his­to­ry, is for Grin­berg the key attribute of Sovi­et Jew­ish identity.


Review of Sandra Fox's The Jews of Summer

Sum­mer may end, but sum­mer camp and its lega­cies con­tin­ue. San­dra Fox’s book looks to sum­mer camps to explore what kinds of cul­ture and com­mu­ni­ty embraced by young Jews in post­war America.


Review of Diego Rotman's The Yiddish Stage as a Temporary Home

In this study of Shi­men Dzi­gan and Yis­roel Schu­mach­er, Diego Rot­man presents a study of the sub­ver­sive pow­er of Yid­dish com­e­dy in the twen­ti­eth century.