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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Article

Weaving The Revolution: I. L. Peretz The Social Protest Writer

Adi Mahalel

In this peer-reviewed article, Adi Mahalel follows Peretz’s search, through new literary styles, for new forms of revolutionary politics.

Article

Yiddish Science and the Postmodern

Jonathan Boyarin

Translation by Naomi Seidman

What is Yiddish science and what does it have to say about the postmodern?

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“The Great Call of the Hour”: Hillel Zeitlin’s Yiddish Writings on Yavneh

Arthur Green and Ariel Evan Mayse

An introduction to the writings by Hillel Zeitlin on the intentional, neo-Hasidic community he tried to create in Warsaw in the 1920s.

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Tradition, the Individual Talent, and Yiddish

Hana Wirth-Nesher

What is the future of Yiddish scholarship? An argument for the potential innovative role for Yiddish studies within the humanities in general.

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Yiddish Studies From a New Perspective

Mikhail Krutikov

Translation by Saul Noam Zaritt

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?”

Madeleine Cohen

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

Elazar Elhanan

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

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Is There Yiddish Photography?

Samuel Spinner

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

Iris Idelson-Shein

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

Caroline Luce

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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