Children and Yiddish Literature
From Early Modernity to Post-Modernity

Edited by Gennady Estraikh, Kerstin Hoge and Mikhail Krutikov

Studies In Yiddish 14

Legenda

1 September 2016  •  197pp

ISBN: 978-1-909662-33-9 (hardback)  •  RRP £75, $99, €85

ISBN: 978-1-315560-61-8 (Taylor & Francis ebook)

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Children have occupied a prominent place in Yiddish literature since early modern times, but children's literature as a genre has its beginnings in the early 20th century. Its emergence reflected the desire of Jewish intellectuals to introduce modern forms of education, and promote ideological agendas, both in Eastern Europe and in immigrant communities elsewhere. Before the Second World War, a number of publishing houses and periodicals in Europe and the Americas specialized in stories, novels and poems for various age groups. Prominent authors such as Yankev Glatshteyn, Der Nister, Joseph Opatoshu, Leyb Kvitko, made original contributions to the genre, while artists, such as Marc Chagall, El Lissitzky and Yisakhar Ber Rybak, also took an active part. In the Soviet Union, meanwhile, children's literature provided an opportunity to escape strong ideological pressure. Yiddish children's literature is still being produced today, both for secular and strongly Orthodox communities.

This volume is a pioneering collective study not only of children's literature but of the role played by children in literature.

Contents:

1-8
Introduction: Yiddish Writing for and about Children
Gennady Estraikh, Kerstin Hoge, Mikhail Krutikov
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9-19
The Spanish Pagan Woman and Ashkenazi Children Reading Yiddish circa 1700
Shlomo Berger
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20-39
The Sabbath Tale and Jewish Cultural Renewal
Miriam Udel
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40-48
Heavenly Father: Portraying the Family in Hasidic Yiddish Children’s Literature
Asya Vaisman Schulman
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49-76
The Design of Books and Lives: Yiddish Children’s Book Art by Artists from the Kiev Kultur-Lige
Kerstin Hoge
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77-92
Illustrating Yiddish Children’s Literature: Aesthetics and Utopia in Lissitzky’s Graphics for Mani Leib’s Yingl Tsingl Khvat
Sabine Koller
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93-110
Reading Soviet-Yiddish Poetry for Children: Der Nister’s Mayselekh in ferzn 1917–39
Daniela Mantovan
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111-122
An End to Fairy Tales: The 1930s in the mayselekh of Der Nister and Leyb Kvitko
Mikhail Krutikov
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123-136
The Upside-Down World of Baym Dnyepr: Penek
Harriet Murav
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137-153
Jewish Wards of the Soviet State: Fayvl Sito’s These Are Us
Gennady Estraikh
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154-167
‘A Language Is Like a Garden’: Shloyme Davidman and the Yiddish Communist School Movement in the United States
Jennifer Young
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168-183
Soviet Propaganda in Illustrated Yiddish Children’s Books: From the Collections of the YIVO Library, New York
Lyudmila Sholokhova
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Bibliography entry:

Estraikh, Gennady, Kerstin Hoge, and Mikhail Krutikov (eds), Children and Yiddish Literature: From Early Modernity to Post-Modernity, Studies In Yiddish, 14 (Cambridge: Legenda, 2016)

First footnote reference: 35 Children and Yiddish Literature: From Early Modernity to Post-Modernity, ed. by Gennady Estraikh, Kerstin Hoge and Mikhail Krutikov, Studies In Yiddish, 14 (Cambridge: Legenda, 2016), p. 21.

Subsequent footnote reference: 37 Estraikh, Hoge, and Krutikov, p. 47.

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Bibliography entry:

Estraikh, Gennady, Kerstin Hoge, and Mikhail Krutikov (eds). 2016. Children and Yiddish Literature: From Early Modernity to Post-Modernity, Studies In Yiddish, 14 (Cambridge: Legenda)

Example citation: ‘A quotation occurring on page 21 of this work’ (Estraikh, Hoge, and Krutikov 2016: 21).

Example footnote reference: 35 Estraikh, Hoge, and Krutikov 2016: 21.

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