Reviews

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A Double Dose of Early Twentieth-Century Yiddish Talush-hood: Two New Translations by Daniel Kennedy

In new trans­la­tions by Daniel Kennedy, Hersh Dovid Nomberg’s War­saw Sto­ries (White Goat Press) and Zal­man Shneour’s A Death: Notes of a Sui­cide (Wake­field Press) can right­ful­ly be labeled clas­sic”; they reach across time and space to name an eter­nal — and unro­man­tic — facet of human experience.

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The post-Holocaust Parisian “Phalanstery” of 9 rue Guy Patin and its Legacies. Review of Rachel Ertel, Mémoire du yiddish

Rachel Ertel has been one of the most pro­lif­ic trans­la­tors from Yid­dish to French. In Mémoire du yid­dish: Trans­met­tre une langue assas­s­inée [A Mem­o­ry of Yid­dish: Trans­mit­ting an Assas­si­nat­ed Lan­guage], an inter­view with the French jour­nal­ist Stéphane Bou pub­lished as a book in 2019, Rachel Ertel, who was born in July 1939, looks back chrono­log­i­cal­ly on her life’s journey.

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The Lower East Side as an American Site of Memory

In her work on images of the Low­er East Side, Blair spot­lights the para­dox­es of the neigh­bor­hood’s dynam­ic sta­tus as site of mem­o­ry and of artis­tic exper­i­men­ta­tion and high­lights sto­ries and voic­es often left out of Amer­i­can col­lec­tive memory.

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Review of The Rise of the Modern Yiddish Stage by Alyssa Quint

The Rise of the Mod­ern Yid­dish Stage is a mon­u­men­tal work that tells the sto­ry of Avrom Gold­faden, Yid­dish the­ater’s most cen­tral, con­found­ing, and enig­mat­ic fig­ure while also sit­u­at­ing it in the con­text of Yid­dish theater’s ini­tial development. 

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Women’s Voices from Yiddish to Polish

Kre­mer reviews two new vol­umes deal­ing with Yid­dish poet­ry, both pub­lished in Poland in 2018, which focus on the work of women poets. 

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Labor, Love, and Life in Immigrant London

In this ground­break­ing study, Lachs draws upon often ignored doc­u­ments of pop­u­lar cul­ture (con­ven­tion­al­ly writ­ten off as shund by her pre­de­ces­sors) in order to paint a vivid pic­ture of work­ing class immi­grant Lon­don at the turn of the 20th century.

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Review of A Rainbow Thread: An Anthology of Queer Jewish Texts From the First Century to 1969

Sienna’s book attempts to set the record straight (as it were) by bring­ing togeth­er and deeply anno­tat­ing 120 diverse Jew­ish texts that each shed some light on Jew­ish LGBTQ lives, Jew­ish his­to­ries of same-sex eroti­cism, and Jew­ish expe­ri­ences of gen­der transgression.

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Post-philology in Old Yiddish Studies

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