Politics Of Yiddish

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"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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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)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761990246
  • Publisher: AltaMira Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/1998
  • Series: Winter Studies in Yiddish Series
  • Pages: 222
  • Product dimensions: 0.47 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 6.14 (d)

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University of Oxford

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Table of Contents

Part 1 Introduction Chapter 2 On the Politics of Yiddish Part 3 Politics, Ideology, and Scholarship Chapter 4 Yiddishism and Judaism Chapter 5 Yiddish language politics in the Ukraine (1930-1936) Chapter 6 What was going on at the 1935 Yivo Conference? Chapter 7 The Czernowitz Conference in retrospect Chapter 8 The politics of research on spoken Yiddish Part 9 Communities, Centres, and Cities Chapter 10 Yiddish socialist press in New York, 1880s-1920s Chapter 11 Yiddish in orthodox communities of Jerusalem Chapter 12 Shloyme Mikhoels and his theatre Chapter 13 Writers must eat: the New York City Yiddish Writers Group of the Work Progress Administration Chapter 14 Petticoat Lane and the North-West Passage (London, 1880-1940) Chapter 15 Art and politics: the case of the New York Artef Theatre (1925-1940) Part 16 Language, Folklore, and Literature Chapter 17 Zmires Purim—the third phase of Jewish carnavalistic folk-literature Chapter 18 Dovid Bergelson's Bam Dnieper: a passport to Moscow Chapter 19 Dovid Holfstein—our first wonder Chapter 20 The Aston corpus of Soviet Yiddish lexicon Chapter 21 A Vilna folklorist's collection: Structural analysis of Yiddish riddles Chapter 22 Mr Khauruchenka, Miss Shaihets, Mrs Hoika and others: the origin of some other unusual family names Chapter 23 List of contributors

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