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 Sandra Fox's The Jews of Summer

Sum­mer may end, but sum­mer camp and its lega­cies con­tin­ue. San­dra Fox’s book looks to sum­mer camps to explore what kinds of cul­ture and com­mu­ni­ty embraced by young Jews in post­war America.


Review of Diego Rotman's The Yiddish Stage as a Temporary Home

In this study of Shi­men Dzi­gan and Yis­roel Schu­mach­er, Diego Rot­man presents a study of the sub­ver­sive pow­er of Yid­dish com­e­dy in the twen­ti­eth century.


Review of Lisa Richter’s Nautilus and Bone; An Auto/biography in Poems

As a read­er of Margolin’s poet­ry in its orig­i­nal Yid­dish, and a trans­la­tor of her work into Eng­lish, I approached this col­lec­tion with both inter­est and skepticism.


Review of Artifacts of Orthodox Jewish Childhoods, edited by Dainy Bernstein

From CDs to detec­tive sto­ries, zines to toys, the objects remem­bered and ana­lyzed in this vol­ume presents the range of mate­r­i­al that filled the child­hoods of Ashke­nazi Ortho­dox Jews grow­ing up in the last decades of the twen­ti­eth century.


Back to the Ghetto

What might Yid­dish stud­ies stand to gain from recent books seek­ing to con­tex­tu­al­ize how the mean­ing and uses of term ghet­to” have changed over centuries?


Review of Annegret Oehme's The Knight without Boundaries: Yiddish and German Arthurian Wingalois Adaptations

Trac­ing the retellings of the Wigalois/​Viduvilt tra­di­tion in Yid­dish works across three cen­turies, Annegret Oehme’s recent work offers an exam­ple of the val­ue of adap­ta­tion the­o­ry for Jew­ish lit­er­a­ture and Jew­ish history.


Review of Rebecca Margolis's Yiddish Lives On: Strategies of Language Transmission

Rebec­ca Mar­go­lis’ Yidish Lebt: Yid­dish Lives On: Strate­gies of Lan­guage Trans­mis­sion explores how a diverse range of native, her­itage, and new speak­ers have ensured not only the con­ti­nu­ity of a minor­i­ty lan­guage wide­ly thought to be endan­gered, but evolved Yid­dish into a site of cre­ative renew­al in the Jew­ish world.


Review of Marina Mogilner’s A Race for the Future: Scientific Visions of Modern Russian Jewishness

With a focus on Russ­ian Jew­ish race sci­en­tists, Mogilner traces how biol­o­gy informed notions of Jew­ish dif­fer­ence mobi­lized by com­mu­nal orga­ni­za­tions and polit­i­cal activists in impe­r­i­al Rus­sia and the ear­ly Sovi­et period.


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.


“An altogether unusual love and understanding”: The Shomer Sisters and the Gender Politics of Shund Theatre

Exam­in­ing Rose Shomer Bache­lis and Miri­am Shomer Zunser in the con­text of their famous shund-writ­ing fam­i­ly, this arti­cle argues that their operetta Der liebes tants” — a love tri­an­gle with an Apache dance motif — should be read against the grain to empha­size the impor­tance of sisterhood.