Politics of Yiddish: Studies in Language, Literature and Society

Politics of Yiddish: Studies in Language, Literature and Society

by Dov-Ber Kerler
     
 

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Politics of Yiddish means different things to different people. For some it refers to the various social and political forces that shaped the status and the functional diversification of the language. For others it may be analyzed within the context of personal or even collective love and hate of one’s mother-tongue vis-à-vis the politically… See more details below

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Politics of Yiddish means different things to different people. For some it refers to the various social and political forces that shaped the status and the functional diversification of the language. For others it may be analyzed within the context of personal or even collective love and hate of one’s mother-tongue vis-à-vis the politically “mightier” and “culturally more prestigious” languages. After the Second World War, the post-Holocaust realities forced a complete reconceptualization of Yiddishism as both an ideology and a state of mind. Yet, despite or perhaps because of numerous heated debates for and against Yiddish, and the unabating personal wars within the “Yiddishist” camp itself, the subject of Politics of Yiddish is bound to fascinate many modern historians, sociolinguists, and literary scholars. In the present volume it serves as a general theme for studies devoted to internal and external politics of Yiddish language, literature, ethnography, and scholarship.

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Booknews
Eighteen contributors wax knowledgeably about the language's ideology ("politiks-smolitiks" say some), scholarship, declining linguistic communities, literature, press, riddles, names, and ambivalence evoked by the Jewish and immigrant language of Yiddish. Includes photos of the early Yiddish theater. No index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknew.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780585223575
Publisher:
AltaMira Press
Publication date:
01/01/2000
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
224
File size:
2 MB

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David Goldberg
This volume will introduce students of Yiddish and Jewish Studies to some of the important researchers, issues, and methodological and stylistic approaches in the field, and it will be a useful introductory text for language and culture courses where the teacher wants to extend the students' view beyond basic literary and linguistic material. The professional will find useful additions to a number of familiar discussions and may also find completely unexpected directions of considerable interest and value. The two essays translated from the Yiddish are an important resource and to some may be a revelation. All in all, Politics of Yiddish is a rich sampling of first rate work that extends the field. -- (David Goldberg, Modern Language Association)

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