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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On Yiddish Nuances: Yiddishkayt as Listening Key in the Music of Osvaldo Golijov

This paper approach­es Osval­do Golijov’s music from the inter­sec­tion of musi­col­o­gy and Yid­dish studies.

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Musical Comedy as Compromise Formation: Judío and Judía (1926), by Ivo Pelay

Ivo Pelay’s 1926 plays Judío and Judía, Jew” and Jew­ess,” the­ma­tize anx­i­ety not only about the Argen­tine­ity of Jews, but also about the Jew­ish­ness of Argenti­na: the promise of assim­i­la­tion and the threat of subversion.

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The Goldenberg Variations: The International “Star System” and the Yiddish Theater of Buenos Aires in 1930

From the 1920s until the 1950s, Yid­dish Buenos Aires host­ed a thriv­ing the­atri­cal land­scape. Crit­ics com­plained that the pub­lic’s ado­ra­tion of stars” pro­pelled a pre­pon­der­ance of shund at the expense of bet­ter” (lit­er­ary) plays.

Review

Review of Polacos in Argentina by Mariusz Kałczewiak

Pola­cos in Argenti­na pro­vides a mul­ti­fac­eted per­spec­tive on the hybridized iden­ti­ties that trans­formed Pol­ish Jews into Argen­tin­ian Jews and even­tu­al­ly into Jew­ish Argentines.

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The Yiddish Columbus: Critical Counter-History and the Remapping of American Jewish Literature

Glantz’s mas­ter­work Kris­to­bal Kolon offers a transna­tion­al vision of the Amer­i­c­as that insists — in Yid­dish — on its Jew­ish, Mus­lim, indige­nous and African ori­gins, sug­gest­ing a new geog­ra­phy for Amer­i­can Jew­ish lit­er­a­ture that exceeds the bound­aries of what we under­stand the Amer­i­c­as and Jew­ish­ness to be, and chal­leng­ing our expec­ta­tions of what Yid­dish lit­er­a­ture can contain.

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