The Shtetl: Image and Reality: Papers of the Second Mendel Friedman International Conference on Yiddish

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The world of Yiddish, its literature and culture, cannot be entered without knowledge of the shtetl — the heart of Eastern European Jewry. The papers in this volume, most of them presented at the second Mendel Friedman International Yiddish Conference organized by the University of Oxford European Humanities Research Centre and the Oxford Institute for Yiddish Studies (July 1999), re-examine the structure, organization and function of the numerous small market towns that shaped the Yiddish-speaking world. The ...
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The world of Yiddish, its literature and culture, cannot be entered without knowledge of the shtetl — the heart of Eastern European Jewry. The papers in this volume, most of them presented at the second Mendel Friedman International Yiddish Conference organized by the University of Oxford European Humanities Research Centre and the Oxford Institute for Yiddish Studies (July 1999), re-examine the structure, organization and function of the numerous small market towns that shaped the Yiddish-speaking world. The different perspectives from which these studies view the shtetl trenchantly re-evaluate common preconceptions, misconceptions and assumptions, offering new insights that are as challenging as they are informative.

With the contributions:

David G. Roskies — The Shtetl as Imagined Community
John D. Klier — What Exactly Was a Shtetl?
Alla Sokolova — The Podolian Shtetl as Architectural Phenomenon
Hillel Kazovsky — Jewish Art between yidishkayt and Civilization
Mikhail Krutikov — Berdichev in Russian Jewish Literary Imagination: From Israel Aksenfeld to Friedrich Gorenshtein
Dafna Clifford — Shtetl Kuzmir: The Reality of the Image
Anna Shternshis — Soviet and Kosher in the Ukrainian Shtetl
Gennady Estraikh — The Shtetl Theme in Sovetish heymland
Moises Kijak — Immigrants Mourning for a World Lost

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Contributors
Preface 1
1 The Shtetl as Imagined Community 4
2 What Exactly Was a Shtetl? 23
3 The Podolian Shtetl as Architectural Phenomenon 36
4 Jewish Art between yidishkayt and Civilization 80
5 Berdichev in Russian Jewish Literary Imagination: From Israel Aksenfeld to Friedrich Gorenshtein 91
6 Shtetl Kuzmir: The Reality of the Image 115
7 Soviet and Kosher in the Ukrainian Shtetl 133
8 The Shtetl Theme in Sovetish heymland 152
9 Immigrants Mourning for a World Lost 169
Index 180
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