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.
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.
Jan 10, 2023
Review of From the Jewish Provinces by Fradl Shtok, translated by Jordan D. Finkin and Allison Schachter
Review of Moshkele the Thief by Sholem Aleichem, trans. Curt Leviant
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.
Nov 09, 2022
‘Brother Jews of the Entire World!’ Bergelson, Hofshteyn, and Soviet-Yiddish in the Worldwide Jewish Family
Review of Marc Caplan's Yiddish Writers in Weimar Berlin: A Fugitive Modernism
A Yiddish Newspaper at War with Yiddish: Abraham Cahan and the 1931 Language Debate in the New York Forverts
Review of Utopia’s Discontents: Russian Emigres and the Quest for Freedom, 1830s—1930s by Faith Hillis
Prayer and Crime: Cantor Elias Zaludkovsky’s Concert Performance Season in 1924 Poland
In his concert career Zaludkovsky walked a fine line between performing the sacred identity of cantor and falling into the forms of cultural crime that he himself had identified as corrupting tradition through excessive commercialization and mediatization of sacred music.
May 23, 2022
Review of Frank Beer and Markus Roth, eds. Von der Letzten Zerstörung