Articles

Essays and peer-reviewed scholarship in Yiddish Studies, an interdisciplinary field that engages all aspects of Yiddish cultural production, especially in its relationship to other cultures and languages.

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Is There Such a Thing as “Yiddish Architecture”?

Cecile E. Kuznitz

The “spatial turn” in the humanities has opened up new kinds of thinking about Jews’ relationship to place. Yet how can this approach—which focuses on the physically concrete—be applied to the field of Yiddish studies, which after all is defined by the intangible factor of language?

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Dream of a Common loshn

Zohar Weiman-Kelman

How can we read Yiddish poetry across time to find a new common language? How can we create a space for the imagined dialogues of Kadia Molodowsky and Adrienne Rich with their foremothers, an alternative narrative of blood and text?

Review

Here Dwells the Jewish People

David G. Roskies

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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Tongue-Twisted: Itzik Manger between mame-loshn and loshn-koydesh

Chana Kronfeld and Robert Adler Peckerar

Avant-garde Yiddish poet Itzik Manger reinscribes traditional Yiddish cultural practices, such as iconoclastic and anachronistic rewritings of biblical texts, in a politically radical and poetically modernist context.

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Auden Can Wait: Introducing the Academic Section of In geveb

Sunny Yudkoff

What is Yiddish Studies? We inaugurate In geveb with a symposium on the state of the field, where a cross-section of scholars identify the pressing questions of Yiddish Studies.

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Yiddish and the Holocaust

Alan Rosen

It seems obvious that study of the Holocaust would need to highlight Yiddish. Unfortunately though, the study of the Holocaust has often been pursued without the slightest nod to Yiddish. What is lost when Yiddish is left out?

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Yiddish Literature in the American West

Caroline Luce

Was there a definable style of Yiddish writing produced in the American West? It is time to look beyond New York and examine the unique experiences of Jews on the Pacific Coast and the literary culture they produced.

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The Schandmaske, Silence, and mame-loshn

Iris Idelson-Shein

Was Yiddish literature of the early modern period an outlet for the voices of women, or did it participate in their suppression, like the iron tongue of the Rothenburg Schandmaske?

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Is There Yiddish Photography?

Samuel Spinner

Is there Yiddish photography? Can non-linguistic things be Yiddish? Yiddish photography (or culture in general) might emerge not in any work of art, but in the people who produced it, read it, viewed it, bought it, sold it, and exhibited it.

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The Price of Remorse: Yiddish and the Work of Mourning in Jacob Steinberg’s Hebrew Poetry

Elazar Elhanan

Jacob Steinberg’s poetry between Hebrew and Yiddish, between mourning and melancholy.

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