Reviews

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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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. 

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Niemandssprache: A Biography of Itzik Manger

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

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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.

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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. 

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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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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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The New Yiddish Dialectology: A Review of Alexander Beider's The Origins of Yiddish Dialects

Leyz­er Burko reviews Alexan­der Bei­der’s recent mon­u­men­tal vol­ume on the ori­gins of Yid­dish dialects.

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“To what might the yard have been compared?”

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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Here Dwells the Jewish People

A review of Avra­ham Nover­shtern’s new book on a cen­tu­ry of Amer­i­can Yid­dish lit­er­a­ture. Our review­er asks: was Yid­dish lit­er­a­ture in Amer­i­ca a cul­tur­al enter­prise that was doomed from the start or one that gen­er­at­ed mul­ti­ple beginnings? 

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