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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Yiddish Literature in the American West

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. 


“This is How a Generation Grows”: Lynching as a Site of Ethical Loss in Opatoshu’s “Lintsheray”

What can Opatoshu’s con­tro­ver­sial sto­ry about a lynch­ing tell us about the com­plex Jew­ish encounter with Amer­i­can cul­ture and the poten­tial loss of an eth­i­cal tradition.


Beyond the Color Line: Jews, Blacks, and the American Racial Imagination

NYU Doc­tor­al Can­di­date Jen­nifer Young explores the com­pli­cat­ed ways in which Amer­i­can Jews claimed white­ness while exam­in­ing and often iden­ti­fy­ing with Black Amer­i­can struggles.


Af der shvel un in der fremd: A feuilleton on Yiddish, Race, and the American Literary Imagination

Adam Zachary New­ton exam­ines the Amer­i­can Jew­ish lit­er­ary impulse to claim both white­ness and alien­ation while iden­ti­fy­ing with Black Americans. 


Immigrants Against the State

A review of Keny­on Zim­mer’s recent­ly pub­lished book, Immi­grants Against the State: Yid­dish and Ital­ian Anar­chism in Amer­i­ca.


Review of Beyond the Synagogue by Rachel B. Gross

Through her work, Gross seeks to val­i­date prac­tices that mean­ing­ful­ly con­tribute to Jew­ish iden­ti­ty for­ma­tion and con­nect Jew­ish Amer­i­cans to their his­to­ry as a peo­ple and to the con­tem­po­rary com­mu­ni­ty of Jew­ish people.