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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Miriam Udel’s Never Better! The Modern Jewish Picaresque

Miri­am Udel’s new book trav­els with the genre of the picaresque from the shtetl to the USA to the USSR and brings it into the twen­ti­eth century.


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 of A Rich Brew: How Cafés Created Modern Jewish Culture by Shachar M. Pinsker

Shachar M. Pinsker’s lat­est work is a live­ly exam­i­na­tion of the role of cafés as meet­ing grounds for Jew­ish writ­ers and thinkers in the mod­ern peri­od of transna­tion­al migra­tion, from 1848 – 1939.


The Shtik Kabole Niger Couldn’t Digest: Poetry, Messianism, and Literatoyre in Aaron Zeitlin’s Keter

This study presents a trans­la­tion and analy­sis of Aaron Zeitlin’s (18981973) poem Keter: Frag­menten fun a rap­sodye,” pub­lished in 1923, at the height of the War­saw expres­sion­ist explo­sion of the ear­ly twenties. 


Louis Zukofsky: Building a Poetics of Translation

How the poet Louis Zukof­sky con­struct­ed his Eng­lish-lan­guage Amer­i­can mod­ernism by cit­ing, trans­lat­ing, and adapt­ing the Yid­dish poet­ry of Yehoash.


Hertz Grosbard’s Jewspeak: The Lost Art of Word Concerts

Hertz Gros­bard’s word con­certs” were an embod­i­ment of Jew­speak,” per­for­mances that sought to give life to the Yid­dish lit­er­ary tradition.


The Image of Streetwalkers in Itzik Manger’s and Debora Vogel’s Ballads

By con­sid­er­ing the image of the street­walk­er in Manger’s and Vogel’s work, this arti­cle deep­ens the under­stand­ing of Yid­dish cre­ativ­i­ty as ulti­mate­ly mul­ti­modal and interconnected.


Review of Der Nister’s Soviet Years: Yiddish Writer as Witness to the People by Mikhail Krutikov.

Krutikov’s philo­log­i­cal skillset and metic­u­lous archival research shine through­out this book, a land­mark study of both Der Nis­ter and Yid­dish lit­er­a­ture under Stalin.


Review of A Permanent Beginning: R. Nachman of Braslav and Jewish Literary Modernity by Yitzhak Lewis

Yitzhak Lewis shows how Reb Nach­man ini­ti­at­ed a new era of Jew­ish lit­er­a­ture that shaped nine­teenth- and twen­ti­eth-cen­tu­ry Yid­dish and Hebrew writing.