The Hidden Isaac Bashevis Singer


This collection of essays by leading Yiddish scholars seeks to recover the authentic voice and vision of the writer known to his Yiddish readers as Yitskhok Bashevis
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This collection of essays by leading Yiddish scholars seeks to recover the authentic voice and vision of the writer known to his Yiddish readers as Yitskhok Bashevis
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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
The motive of this collection is admirable: finding and exploring the connections between modern Jewish spirituality and the writings of Nobel prize winner Singer. A master storyteller, the deft and fascinating Singer has always been burdened by literal-minded critics and expositors who fail to see his dark comedy. So it is here with Wolitz (comparative literature, Univ. of Texas, Austin). Still, it is good to be stimulated to think again about Singer's work. For collections where there is a strong Jewish readership. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780292728684
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/2011
  • Pages: 282
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Table of Contents

I. The Yiddish Language and the Yiddish Cultural
Experience in Bashevis's Writings

1. Irving Saposnik: A Canticle for Isaac: A Kaddish for Bashevis
2. Joseph Sherman: Bashevis/Singer and the Jewish Pope
3. Avrom Noversztern: History, Messianism, and Apocalypse in Bashevis's Work
4. Mark L. Louden: Sociolinguistic Views of Isaac Bashevis Singer

II. Thematic Approaches to the Study of Bashevis's Fiction

5. Leonard Prager Bilom in Bashevis's Der knekht (The Slave): A khaye hot oykh a neshome (An animal also has a soul)
6. Alan Astro: Art and Religion in Der bal-tshuve (The Penitent)
7. Jan Schwarz: "Death Is the Only Messiah": Three Supernatural Stories by Yitskhok Bashevis

III. Bashevis's Interface With Other Times And Cultures

8 Astrid Starck-Adler: Bashevis's Interactions with the Mayse-bukh (Book of Tales)

9 Monika Adamczyk-Garbowska: The Role of Polish Language and Literature in Bashevis's Fiction

IV. Interpretations of Bashevis's Autobiographical Writings

10 Nathan Cohen: Revealing Bashevis's Earliest Autobiographical Novel, Varshe 1914-1918 (Warsaw 1914-1918)

11 Itzik Gottesman: Folk and Folklore in the Work of Bashevis 162
12 Janet Hadda: Bashevis at Forverts 173

V. Bashevis's Untranslated "Gangster" Novel: Yarme Un Keyle

13 Joseph Sherman: A Background Note on the Translation of Yarme un keyle

14. Isaac Bashevis Singer: Yarme and Keyle: Chapter 2, translated by Joseph Sherman

Appendix: Seth L. Wolitz and Joseph Sherman
Bashevis Singer as a Regionalist of Lublin Province: A Note
Notes on Contributors

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