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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Niemandssprache: A Biography of Itzik Manger

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


Strangers in Berlin by Rachel Seelig

Seel­ig’s new book explores the city of Berlin dur­ing the Weimar peri­od as a tran­sit sta­tion” for Jew­ish lit­er­a­ture writ­ten in Ger­man, Yid­dish, and Hebrew.


“Falsche Juden”: A Study of Performative Identities in German Literature

Nike Thurn’s recent book explores how Jew­ish­ness is per­formed in Ger­man literature. 


Die Geometrie des Verzichts: Deborah Vogel's poetry, essays, and letters in a new German translation and compilation

This vol­ume, edit­ed and trans­lat­ed by Anna Maja Misi­ak, is the first edi­tion of Deb­o­ra Vogel’s work in any lan­guage to include all of her prose and poetry.


The Place of German in the History of Jewish Nationalism: Review of German as a Jewish Problem by Marc Volovici

Ger­man as a Jew­ish Lan­guage chal­lenges the dis­tinc­tions made between Jew­ish” and non-Jew­ish” lan­guages and con­cur­rent­ly empha­sizes the per­me­abil­i­ty between dis­ci­pli­nary boundaries.


Review of Samuel J. Spinner's Jewish Primitivism

With his ele­gant new study, Jew­ish Prim­i­tivism, Samuel J. Spin­ner offers a new approach to the rela­tion­ship between Ger­man and East Euro­pean Jew­ish cul­ture while also con­sid­er­ing to what degree and in which ways dif­fer­ences among Jew­ish cul­tures reflect dif­fer­ences and inter­ac­tions with the non-Jew­ish culture(s) around them.


Review of Annegret Oehme's The Knight without Boundaries: Yiddish and German Arthurian Wingalois Adaptations

Trac­ing the retellings of the Wigalois/​Viduvilt tra­di­tion in Yid­dish works across three cen­turies, Annegret Oehme’s recent work offers an exam­ple of the val­ue of adap­ta­tion the­o­ry for Jew­ish lit­er­a­ture and Jew­ish history.


Review of Dovid Bergelson's "Die Welt möge Zeuge sein": Erzählungen

This col­lec­tion of trans­lat­ed sto­ries presents a new side of David Bergel­son to Ger­man readers.