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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Viva Voce: Vicissitudes of the Spoken Word in Hebrew Literature

Why does the Hebrew nov­el have a prob­lem with speech? Alan Mintz on the non-dia­log­i­cal and the mono­log­i­cal in mod­ern Hebrew literature.

Review

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.

Review

The Marriage Plot

Nao­mi Sei­d­man’s new book exam­ines the Ashke­nazi Jew­ish expe­ri­ence of mod­ern­iza­tion through the rep­re­sen­ta­tion of chang­ing ideas about love and sex­u­al­i­ty in literature. 

Review

Translingualism Today: A Review of Naomi Brenner’s Lingering Bilingualism

Nao­mi Bren­ner’s new book com­pli­cates the sto­ry of the Hebrew-Yid­dish lan­guage wars” and argues that Jew­ish translin­gual­ism con­tin­ues well into the 20th century. 

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

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

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

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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