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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Review of Women Writing Jewish Modernity by Allison Schachter

Schachter calls us to think beyond the andro­cen­tric, to imag­ine and cre­ate an under­stand­ing of mod­ern Jew­ish lit­er­a­ture that places women at its center.


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 Sasha Senderovich's How the Soviet Jew Was Made

In this recent­ly-pub­lished study, Senderovich chal­lenges this fixed notion of the Sovi­et Jew, and recounts a com­plex pre­his­to­ry of the Sovi­et Jew in the imme­di­ate con­text of inter­war Sovi­et culture.


Review of From a Distant Relation by Mikhah Yosef Berdichevsky, edited and translated by James Adam Redfield

Berdichevsky’s Yid­dish writ­ing focused on the world he had left behind, and frankly strug­gled with his ambiva­lence about these communities.


Review of Adi Mahalel's The Radical Isaac: I. L. Peretz and the Rise of Jewish Socialism

Read­ing Peretz as a polit­i­cal thinker, Adi Mahalel offers a case for writ­ing social­ism into the cen­ter of the rise of mod­ern Yid­dish literature.