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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A Poetic Paradox: Gender and Self in Anna Margolin’s Mary Cycle

Weininger ana­lyzes Anna Mar­golin’s cycle of poems enti­tled Mary,” explor­ing her use of Chris­to­log­i­cal themes and fig­ures and the expres­sion of iden­ti­ty and self-def­i­n­i­tion in the poems. 

Review

Strangers in Berlin by Rachel Seelig

Seel­ig’s new book explores the city of Berlin dur­ing the Weimar peri­od as a tran­sit sta­tion” for Jew­ish lit­er­a­ture writ­ten in Ger­man, Yid­dish, and Hebrew.

Review

The Marriage Plot

Nao­mi Sei­d­man’s new book exam­ines the Ashke­nazi Jew­ish expe­ri­ence of mod­ern­iza­tion through the rep­re­sen­ta­tion of chang­ing ideas about love and sex­u­al­i­ty in literature. 

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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. 

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