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Choosing Yiddish

New Frontiers of Language and Culture

Lara Rabinovitch (editor) Shiri Goren (editor)
Hannah S. Pressman (editor)

ISBN: 9780814334447

Publication Date: Dec 2012

Format: Paperback

Yiddish Hip Hop, a nineteenth-century “Hasidic Slasher,” obscure Yiddish writers, and immigrant Jewish newspapers in Buenos Aires, Paris, and New York are just a few of the topics featured in Choosing Yiddish. The editors have gathered a diverse and richly layered collection of essays that demonstrates the currency of Yiddish scholarship in academia today.
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Yiddish Hip Hop, a nineteenth-century “Hasidic Slasher,” obscure Yiddish writers, and immigrant Jewish newspapers in Buenos Aires, Paris, and New York are just a few of the topics featured in Choosing Yiddish: New Frontiers of Language and Culture. Editors Lara Rabinovitch, Shiri Goren, and Hannah S. Pressman have gathered a diverse and richly layered collection of essays that demonstrates the currency of Yiddish scholarship in academia today.

Organised into six thematic rubrics, Choosing Yiddish demonstrates that Yiddish, always a border-crossing language, continues to push boundaries with vigourous disciplinary exchange. “Writing on the Edge” focuses on the realm of belles lettres; “Yiddish and the City” spans the urban centres of Paris, Buenos Aires, New York City, and Montreal; “Yiddish Goes Pop” explores the mediating role of Yiddish between artistic vision and popular culture; “Yiddish Comes to America” focuses on the history and growth of Yiddish in the United States; “Yiddish Encounters Hebrew” showcases interactions between Yiddish and Hebrew in the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries; and “Hear and Now” explores the aural dimension of Yiddish in contemporary settings. Along the way, contributors consider famed and lesser-known Yiddish writers, films, and Yiddish hip-hop, as well as historical studies on the Yiddish press, Yiddish film melodrama, Hasidic folkways, and Yiddish culture in Israel. Venerable scholars introduce each rubric, creating additional dialogue between newer and more established voices in the field.

The international contributors prove that the language—far from dying—is fostering exciting new directions of academic and popular discourse, rooted in the field’s historic focus on interdisciplinary research. Students and teachers of Yiddish studies will enjoy this innovative collection.
Illustrations 17 illustrations
Pages 544
Date Published 30 Dec 2012
Publisher Wayne State University Press
Subject/s Language: history & general works  
Lara Rabinovitch recently received her PhD in modern Jewish history from New York University. She is working on two book projects: one on early twentieth-century Romanian Jewish migration, and a second book about Little Rumania on the Lower East Side of New York. As managing editor for two years, she helped launch McGill Universitys CuiZine: The Journal of Canadian Food Cultures / Revue des cultures culinaires au Canada in 2008.

Shiri Goren is a senior lector in modern Hebrew at Yale University. Her areas of specialisation include modern Hebrew literature and culture, Israeli film, Yiddish literature, the novel, and gender and sexuality. She is currently working on a book manuscript that explores how violence affects real and imagined spaces in Israel of recent years. Gorens articles and reviews have appeared in Modern Hebrew Literature, The American Jewish Archives Journal, and AJS Perspectives, among other venues.

Hannah S. Pressman is currently an affiliate instructor for the Samuel & Althea Stroum Jewish Studies Program at the University of Washington. Her scholarly work focuses on issues of translation, language, and Jewish modernism; Hebrew and Yiddish literatures; and the cultural history of Zionism. She is a former NYU MacCracken Fellow, Wexner Graduate Fellow, Hort Fellow at YIVO, and Hazel D. Cole Fellow in Jewish Studies at the University of Washington.

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