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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Shylock’s Jewish Way of Speaking

What if Shy­lock spoke Yid­dish? One exper­i­men­tal pro­duc­tion of Shake­speare’s The Mer­chant of Venice” did just that.

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Breaking Ground, Broken English: Abraham Cahan’s The Imported Bridegroom

Cahan’s char­ac­ters speak in bro­ken lan­guages, and in so doing find them­selves unable to find sta­ble ground in America.

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Cod Yiddish From Across the Pond: Howard Jacobson’s Finklerspeak

Howard Jacob­son tests the lim­its and con­tours of a Jew­ish way of speak­ing, pre­sent­ing an Anglo-Jew­ish dia­logue with post-impe­r­i­al culture.

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The Fourth Child

The author reflects on his own expe­ri­ences encoun­ter­ing David Roskies in the 1960s and col­lab­o­rat­ing with him in Holo­caust remem­brance at a very dif­fer­ent time than our present con­text for the mem­o­ry and com­mem­o­ra­tion of the Holocaust.

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Double or Nothing: Jewish Speech and Silence in Georges Perec’s *W ou le souvenir d’enfance"

This arti­cle con­sid­ers the phan­tom traces of Yid­dish in Georges Perec’s W ou le sou­venir d’enfance (1975).

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Orphaned Words: Yiddish, English, and Child Speech in Postwar Cinema

Is there a Jew­ish way of not say­ing things? In fac­ing crises in lan­guage dur­ing the imme­di­ate post-Holo­caust years, film­mak­ers in Eng­lish and Yid­dish made choic­es about how to bal­ance repair and critique.

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Letters Without Addresses: Abraham Sutzkever’s Late Style

Abra­ham Sutzkev­er’s poet­ry is often read with­in the con­fines of Holo­caust lit­er­a­ture”. This essays reads a selec­tion of Sutzkever’s poet­ry against the Holo­caust, against the apoc­a­lypse, and against the hori­zons of mean­ing that the label of Holo­caust lit­er­a­ture” might impose.

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Split Identity: Jewish Scholarship in the Vilna Ghetto

In this essay, David Fish­man draws a com­par­i­son between yidishe visnshaft, or Jew­ish stud­ies schol­ar­ship, and Juden­forschung, the Nazi field of anti­se­mit­ic Jew­ish stud­ies used to jus­ti­fy the per­se­cu­tion and exter­mi­na­tion of Jews in sci­en­tif­ic terms.

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Der Alter Tevye Lebt!: Speech and Communication

Sholem Ale­ichem and Tevye depend on one anoth­er — for Wisse, their con­ver­sa­tions form a minia­ture Jew­ish ter­ri­to­ry where togeth­er they reassert moral control.

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Nit dos dorf, nit di kretshme: Speaking About Jewish Taverns in the Works of Sholem Aleichem

The tav­ern is a fix­ture of the shtetl uni­verse — but it also exists on the mar­gins, where, for Sholem Ale­ichem, you can also find the chaos of modernity.

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