Review of Yiddish: A Biography of a Language by Jeffrey Shandler
Shandler’s biography can be read as a chronicle of expanding notions of folkstimlekhkayt, from the old vos far a yid redt nisht ken yidish (what kind of [Ashkenazi] Jew doesn’t speak Yiddish) standard to the Yiddish being used and developed by cohorts of non-native speakers.
May 21, 2021
Review of The Rise and Fall of Jewish American Literature by Benjamin Schreier
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?
Oct 05, 2020