Never Better!: The Modern Jewish Picaresque

Never Better!: The Modern Jewish Picaresque

by Miriam Udel


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780472053056
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
Publication date: 04/28/2016
Series: Michigan Studies in Comparative Jewish Cultures Series
Pages: 266
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Miriam Udel is an Associate Professor of Yiddish Language, Literature, and Culture in the German Studies department at Emory University, co-appointed in Emory’s Tam Institute for Jewish Studies.

Table of Contents

Preface xiii

Introduction "In Life, but Not of It": The Modernist Picaresque 1

Part 1 The Polit on the Move

Chapter 1 Sharks and Marks: The Swindles and Seductions of Modernity 33

Chapter 2 Living Serially: Neoteny and the Polit 67

Part 2 The Polit as Demobilized Soldier

Chapter 3 The Polit at the Waning of Haskalah 93

Demobilized Soldiers, Demobilized Jews 93

Steel and Iron: A Study in Maskilic Manhood 103

Chapter 4 Spillage and Shards: The Polit between the Wars 113

Part 3 The Polit as Soviet Citizen

Chapter 5 The Polit under Tsars and Stripes 143

Epilogue "You Must to Dare!": Afterlives of the Polit 178

Notes 193

Selected Bibliography 229

Index 241

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