Choosing Yiddish: New Frontiers of Language and Culture (Non-Series) (Paperback)

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By Lara Rabinovitch (Editor), Hannah S. Pressman (Editor), Shiri Goren (Editor)
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Yiddish Hip Hop, a nineteenth century "Hasidic Slasher," obscure Yiddish writers, and immigrant Jewish newspapers in Buenos Aires, Paris, and New York are just a few of the topics featured in Choosing Yiddish: New Frontiers of Language and Culture. Editors Lara Rabinovitch, Shiri Goren, and Hannah S. Pressman have gathered a diverse and richly layered collection of essays that demonstrates the currency of Yiddish scholarship in academia today.

Organized into six thematic rubrics, Choosing Yiddish demonstrates that Yiddish, always a border-crossing language, continues to push boundaries with vigorous disciplinary exchange. "Writing on the Edge" focuses on the realm of belles lettres; "Yiddish and the City" spans the urban centers of Paris, Buenos Aires, New York City, and Montreal; "Yiddish Goes Pop" explores the mediating role of Yiddish between artistic vision and popular culture; "Yiddish Comes to America" focuses on the history and growth of Yiddish in the United States; "Yiddish Encounters Hebrew" showcases interactions between Yiddish and Hebrew in the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries; and "Hear and Now" explores the aural dimension of Yiddish in contemporary settings. Along the way, contributors consider famed and lesser-known Yiddish writers, films, and Yiddish hip-hop, as well as historical studies on the Yiddish press, Yiddish film melodrama, Hasidic folkways, and Yiddish culture in Israel. Venerable scholars introduce each rubric, creating additional dialogue between newer and more established voices in the field.

The international contributors prove that the language-far from dying-is fostering exciting new directions of academic and popular discourse, rooted in the field's historic focus on interdisciplinary research. Students and teachers of Yiddish studies will enjoy this innovative collection.

About the Author

Lara Rabinovitch received her PhD in modern Jewish history from New York University in 2012. She is working on a book project about "Little Rumania" and the origin of pastrami in early twentieth-century New York. As managing editor for two years, she helped launch McGill University's CuiZine: The Journal of Canadian Food Cultures/Revue des cultures culinaires au Canada in 2008. Shiri Goren is a senior lector in modern Hebrew at Yale University. She received her PhD from New York University in 2011. Her areas of specialization include modern Hebrew literature, Israeli culture, Yiddish literature, the novel, and film theory. Goren's current book project, Creative Resistance: Literary Interventions in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, explores how violence affects real and imagined spaces in Israel of recent years. Hannah S. Pressman earned her Ph.D. in modern Hebrew literature at New York University. Her research interests include autobiographical narratives, translation, Yiddish, and religious-secular dynamics in Israeli culture. She is an affiliate instructor for the Stroum Jewish Studies Program at the University of Washington, as well as editor of

Product Details
ISBN: 9780814334447
ISBN-10: 081433444X
Publisher: Wayne State University Press
Publication Date: December 17th, 2012
Pages: 360
Language: English
Series: Non-Series