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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New Yiddish Film and the Transvernacular

The study of Yid­dish cin­e­ma gets updat­ed for the twen­ty-first cen­tu­ry, Mar­go­lis explores how the lan­guage is being used in film in the last decade. 

Review

Nothing Backwards about the Forward's New Anthology

The new anthol­o­gy of sto­ries pub­lished in The For­ward has more than a few gems, Eileen Pol­lack reviews. 

Review

Niemandssprache: A Biography of Itzik Manger

A review of Efrat Gal-Ed’s new biog­ra­phy of Itzik Manger. 

Review

Miriam Udel’s Never Better! The Modern Jewish Picaresque

Miri­am Udel’s new book trav­els with the genre of the picaresque from the shtetl to the USA to the USSR and brings it into the twen­ti­eth century.

Review

Jerold C. Frakes: Early Yiddish Epic

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

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

A review of Keny­on Zim­mer’s recent­ly pub­lished book, Immi­grants Against the State: Yid­dish and Ital­ian Anar­chism in Amer­i­ca.

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Beyond the Color Line: Jews, Blacks, and the American Racial Imagination

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 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”

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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