Yiddish and the Left: Papers of the Third Mendel Friedman International Conference on Yiddish

Yiddish and the Left: Papers of the Third Mendel Friedman International Conference on Yiddish

by Gennady Estraikh
     
 

For over a century Yiddish served as a major vehicle for expressing left-wing ideas and sensitivities. A language without country, an 'ugly jargon' despised by assimilationist Jewish bourgeoisie and nationalist Zionists alike, it was embraced as genuine folk idiom by Jewish adherents of socialism and communism worldwide.See more details below

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For over a century Yiddish served as a major vehicle for expressing left-wing ideas and sensitivities. A language without country, an 'ugly jargon' despised by assimilationist Jewish bourgeoisie and nationalist Zionists alike, it was embraced as genuine folk idiom by Jewish adherents of socialism and communism worldwide.

Editorial Reviews

Modern Language Review, 98.4, 2003, 1066-7 - Elizabeth Loentz
The international roster of contributors covers an impressively broad range of topics... linked by a common thematic thread, the attempt of progressive Yiddish-language writers, intellectuals and activists to reconcile their competing allegiances to the Jewish poeple or religion and their leftist politics. The uniformly high quality of the collection and its breadth of topics and approaches makes it an important contribution to interdisciplinary Yiddish studies and to related fields of enquiry (foreign language and immigrant journalism, bilingual education, minority and exile literatures, African colonial literature, Soviet studies).

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781900755481
Publisher:
Maney Publishing
Publication date:
12/01/2001
Series:
Studies In Yiddish Series
Edition description:
Studies in Yiddish 3
Pages:
330
Product dimensions:
5.46(w) x 8.44(h) x 0.98(d)

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