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Review of A Permanent Beginning: R. Nachman of Braslav and Jewish Literary Modernity by Yitzhak Lewis

Yitzhak Lewis shows how Reb Nach­man ini­ti­at­ed a new era of Jew­ish lit­er­a­ture that shaped nine­teenth- and twen­ti­eth-cen­tu­ry Yid­dish and Hebrew writing.

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Review of Jewish American Writing and World Literature: Maybe to Millions, Maybe to Nobody by Saul Noam Zaritt

Replete with insight­ful close read­ings of key his­tor­i­cal and lit­er­ary texts, Jew­ish Amer­i­can Writ­ing and World Lit­er­a­ture com­pli­cates the lim­it­ing bina­ry of the national/​transnational models.

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Sewn with the Tiniest of Pearls

Murphy’s trans­la­tions of Perl’s sto­ries allow us to appre­ci­ate an ever more col­or­ful can­vas of mod­ern Yid­dish literature.

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Transformation or Distortion? Anthologizing Yiddish in a Postvernacular Age

How Yid­dish Changed Amer­i­ca and Amer­i­ca Changed Yid­dish is a high­ly enjoy­able col­lec­tion assem­bled with undis­guised love for Yid­dish cul­ture, which at the same time reflects that culture’s remark­able vital­i­ty and variety.

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Review of Der Nister’s Soviet Years: Yiddish Writer as Witness to the People by Mikhail Krutikov.

Krutikov’s philo­log­i­cal skillset and metic­u­lous archival research shine through­out this book, a land­mark study of both Der Nis­ter and Yid­dish lit­er­a­ture under Stalin.

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Review of Ariel Mayse's Speaking Infinities

In his recent metic­u­lous­ly-researched and sen­si­tive­ly-writ­ten work, Ariel Evan Mayse brings to the atten­tion of the con­tem­po­rary read­er a remark­able the­ol­o­gy of lan­guage to be found in the teach­ings of Dov Ber Fried­man, the Mag­gid of Mezritsh (17041772).

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A Yiddish Studies to Come: In Conversation with Adam Zachary Newton’s Jewish Studies as Counterlife

Newton’s book pro­vides a stir­ring call for a Jew­ish Stud­ies to come, a pro­pos­al for new forms of affil­i­a­tion, both with­in the loose bound­aries of Jew­ish Stud­ies and extend­ing out­ward to the whole of the Human­i­ties and to the uni­ver­si­ty as an insti­tu­tion. What might it mean for Yid­dish Stud­ies to par­tic­i­pate in this com­ing community?

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Review of: Benny Mer, Smocza: A Biography of a Jewish Street in Warsaw

The his­to­ry of Smocza, a Jew­ish Street in War­saw, is not the sto­ry of the world-renowned fig­ures, but rather of every per­son who ever lived or died there, includ­ing those who are lost to our col­lec­tive memory.

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Review of Seeds in the Desert by Mendel Mann, translated and with an introduction by Heather Valencia

These sto­ries take place in Israeli cities, towns, and vil­lages, in the post-war Sovi­et Union, and in Poland of the inter­war peri­od. How­ev­er, it is often very dif­fi­cult to tell where the sto­ries actu­al­ly take place, because they express an expe­ri­ence of dis­lo­ca­tion and total disorientation.

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