Reviews

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Review of Lisa Richter’s Nautilus and Bone; An Auto/biography in Poems

As a read­er of Margolin’s poet­ry in its orig­i­nal Yid­dish, and a trans­la­tor of her work into Eng­lish, I approached this col­lec­tion with both inter­est and skepticism.

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Review of Artifacts of Orthodox Jewish Childhoods, edited by Dainy Bernstein

From CDs to detec­tive sto­ries, zines to toys, the objects remem­bered and ana­lyzed in this vol­ume presents the range of mate­r­i­al that filled the child­hoods of Ashke­nazi Ortho­dox Jews grow­ing up in the last decades of the twen­ti­eth century.

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Back to the Ghetto

What might Yid­dish stud­ies stand to gain from recent books seek­ing to con­tex­tu­al­ize how the mean­ing and uses of term ghet­to” have changed over centuries?

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Review of Annegret Oehme's The Knight without Boundaries: Yiddish and German Arthurian Wingalois Adaptations

Trac­ing the retellings of the Wigalois/​Viduvilt tra­di­tion in Yid­dish works across three cen­turies, Annegret Oehme’s recent work offers an exam­ple of the val­ue of adap­ta­tion the­o­ry for Jew­ish lit­er­a­ture and Jew­ish history.

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Review of Rebecca Margolis's Yiddish Lives On: Strategies of Language Transmission

Rebec­ca Mar­go­lis’ Yidish Lebt: Yid­dish Lives On: Strate­gies of Lan­guage Trans­mis­sion explores how a diverse range of native, her­itage, and new speak­ers have ensured not only the con­ti­nu­ity of a minor­i­ty lan­guage wide­ly thought to be endan­gered, but evolved Yid­dish into a site of cre­ative renew­al in the Jew­ish world.

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Review of Marina Mogilner’s A Race for the Future: Scientific Visions of Modern Russian Jewishness

With a focus on Russ­ian Jew­ish race sci­en­tists, Mogilner traces how biol­o­gy informed notions of Jew­ish dif­fer­ence mobi­lized by com­mu­nal orga­ni­za­tions and polit­i­cal activists in impe­r­i­al Rus­sia and the ear­ly Sovi­et period.

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Review of From a Distant Relation by Mikhah Yosef Berdichevsky, edited and translated by James Adam Redfield

Berdichevsky’s Yid­dish writ­ing focused on the world he had left behind, and frankly strug­gled with his ambiva­lence about these communities.

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Review of Kenneth B. Moss’s An Unchosen People

In this study of Jew­ish grass­roots thinkers, Ken­neth B. Moss offers an account of Jew­ish thought, cul­ture, and choic­es in inter­war Poland.

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Review of Anne-Christin Klotz's Gemeinsam gegen Deutschland

In this study of the Jew­ish press in Poland, Anne-Christin Klotz iden­ti­fies Pol­ish Jew­ry, and specif­i­cal­ly local Yid­dish writ­ers and jour­nal­ists, as cen­tral to under­stand­ing the Nazi threat in the 1930s.

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