Imagining Lives: Autobiographical Fiction of Yiddish Writers

Imagining Lives: Autobiographical Fiction of Yiddish Writers

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by Jan Schwarz
     
 

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    In interwar and post-Holocaust New York, Yiddish autobiographers responded to the upheaval of modern Jewish life in ways that combined artistic innovation with commemoration for a world that is no more. Imagining Lives: Autobiographical Fiction of Yiddish Writers is the first comprehensive study of the autobiographical genre in Yiddish

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    In interwar and post-Holocaust New York, Yiddish autobiographers responded to the upheaval of modern Jewish life in ways that combined artistic innovation with commemoration for a world that is no more. Imagining Lives: Autobiographical Fiction of Yiddish Writers is the first comprehensive study of the autobiographical genre in Yiddish literature. Jan Schwarz offers portraits of seven major Yiddish writers, showing the writer's struggles to shape the multiple identities of their ruptured lives in autobiographical fiction. This analysis of Yiddish life-writing includes discussions of literary representation, self and collectivity, and memory in modern Jewish literature.
    Schwarz shows how Yiddish autobiographical fiction fuses novelistic elements and memoiristic truthfulness in ways that also characterize Jewish life-writing in English and Hebrew. His accessible style, biographical sketches, glossary of Hebrew and Yiddish words, and careful survey of notable texts takes readers on an incomparable journey through modern Yiddish literature.

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"Full of incisive comments on the texts it describes, displaying wide-ranging erudition on the length and depth of Yiddish autobiography, Imagining Lives is a must-read introduction to the genre."—Jeremy Dauber, Columbia University

"The Yiddish autobiographer tells the story not only of a life gone by, but in this case of a community and a culture lost. Jan Schwarz's reflections on this angle in Imagining Lives offer a valuable addition to the field of Jewish literature."—Tzivia Gover, author of Mindful Moments for Stressful Days

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ISBN-13:
9780299209605
Publisher:
University of Wisconsin Press
Publication date:
07/15/2005
Edition description:
1
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

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