Adventures in Yiddishland: Postvernacular Language and Culture / Edition 1

Adventures in Yiddishland: Postvernacular Language and Culture / Edition 1

by Jeffrey Shandler
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520258118

ISBN-13: 9780520258112

Pub. Date: 12/01/2008

Publisher: University of California Press

"Adventures in Yiddishland examines the transformation of Yiddish in the six decades since the Holocaust, tracing its shift from the language of daily life for millions of Jews to what the author terms a postvernacular language of diverse and expanding symbolic value. With a thorough command of modern Yiddish culture as well as its centuries-old history, Jeffery…  See more details below

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"Adventures in Yiddishland examines the transformation of Yiddish in the six decades since the Holocaust, tracing its shift from the language of daily life for millions of Jews to what the author terms a postvernacular language of diverse and expanding symbolic value. With a thorough command of modern Yiddish culture as well as its centuries-old history, Jeffery Shandler investigates the remarkable diversity of contemporary encounters with the language. His study traverses the broad spectrum of people who engage with Yiddish - from Hasidim to avant-garde performers, Jews as well as non-Jews, fluent speakers well as those who know little or no Yiddish - in communities across the Americas and in Europe, Israel, and other outposts of "Yiddishland."" Shandler takes a wide-ranging look at Yiddish culture, including language learning, literary translation, performance, and material culture. He examines children's books, board games, summer camps, klezmer music, cultural festivals, language clubs, Web sites, cartoons, and collectibles - all touchstones of the meaning of Yiddish as it enters its second millennium. Rather than mourn the language's demise, Adventures in Yiddishland calls for taking an expansive approach to the possibilities for the future of Yiddish. Shandler's conceptualization of postvernacularity sheds important new light on contemporary Jewish culture generally and offers insights into theorizing the relation between language and culture.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520258112
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
12/01/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
282
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction : postvernacularity, or speaking of Yiddish1
1Imagining Yiddishland31
2Beyond the mother tongue59
3Founded in translation92
4Yiddish as performance art126
5Absolute tchotchke155
6Wanted dead or alive?177

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