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

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.

Article

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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Af der shvel un in der fremd: A feuilleton on Yiddish, Race, and the American Literary Imagination

Adam Zachary Newton

Adam Zachary Newton examines the American Jewish literary impulse to claim both whiteness and alienation while identifying with Black Americans.

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“This is How a Generation Grows”: Lynching as a Site of Ethical Loss in Opatoshu’s “Lintsheray”

Jessica Kirzane

What can Opatoshu’s controversial story about a lynching tell us about the complex Jewish encounter with American culture and the potential loss of an ethical tradition.

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Yiddish Exceptionalism: Lynching, Race, and Racism in Opatoshu’s “Lintsheray”

Marc Caplan

How can Yiddish describe the scene of a lynching of a black man? Marc Caplan examines the language strategies of Opatoshu’s “Lintsheray.”

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Rebellion and Creativity: Contextualizing Isaac Bashevis Singer’s “Author’s Note” to The Penitent

David Stromberg

Bashevis Singer comments on his narrator commenting on his characters—and David Stromberg untangles the polyphony of the Nobel Prize winner’s fictional world.

Review

The New Yiddish Dialectology: A Review of Alexander Beider's The Origins of Yiddish Dialects

Alec (Leyzer) Burko

Leyzer Burko reviews Alexander Beider’s recent monumental volume on the origins of Yiddish dialects.

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The Small Talk of I. L. Peretz

David G. Roskies

In this peer-reviewed article, David Roskies explores Peretz’s fondness for dialogue to discover the sound chamber of Polish Jewry.

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