Women, Men and Books
Issues of Gender in Yiddish Discourse

Edited by Gennady Estraikh and Mikhail Krutikov

Studies In Yiddish 16

Legenda

  30 December 2019  •  206pp

ISBN: 978-1-781885-77-2 (hardback)  •  RRP £75, $99, €85

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Yiddish literature is commonly perceived as a gendered cultural space, as neatly summarised by the line 'Story books for women, holy books for men' in the opening scene of the popular movie Yentl. Yet it is well known that the traditional dichotomy oversimplifies the issue of gender in Yiddish literature. This volume seeks to give a more multi-faceted picture of the topic, investigating the representation of gender in Yiddish literary works, the gendered self-representation of Yiddish authors, and the (implied) expectations with respect to the gender of the Yiddish target readership. It also considers debates and reflections about gender in Yiddish literary criticism and journalism, exploring the participation and positioning of Yiddish cultural critics in this discourse.

Contents:

i-vi
Women, Men and Books: Women, Men and Books
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vii-viii
Table of Contents
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ix-x
List of Contributors
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1-6
Introduction: Women, Men, and Books: Issues of Gender in Yiddish Discourse
Mikhail Krutikov
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7-18
Chapter 1 the Old Yiddish Ŝeder Nošim and the Querelle Des Femmes
Arnaud Bikard
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19-35
Chapter 2 the Marxist Theory of Primeval Matriarchy in Yiddish Intellectual Discourse: Gender Between Anti-Religious Radicalism, Orthodox Judaism, and A New Metaphysics of Yidishkayt
Roland Gruschka
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36-64
Chapter 3 ‘Mother, in the Chain of Generations, I Am the Broken Link Between You and My Child’: the Experience of Being A Mother and A Daughter in Yiddish Poetry By Women
Joanna Lisek
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65-79
Chapter 4 Yidishe Dikhterins, Nice Jewish Girls: Creating Communities in Jewish Literary History
Zohar Weiman-Kelman
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80-92
Chapter 5 the Best-Selling Shomer and His Fear of Emancipated Women
Gennady Estraikh
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93-107
Chapter 6 Dreams of A Jewish Queen: A Literary Itinerary of National-Sexual Desires, From the Book of Esther To Aaron Zeitlin’s Esterke
Roni Masel
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108-122
Chapter 7 Between Talmud and Feminism: Bashevis Singer’s Playful Jugglery in His Bilingual Corpus
Valentina Fedchenko
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123-138
Chapter 8 the Forbidden Fruit: Gender and Desire in David Hofstein’s Early Poetry
Sabine Koller
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139-151
Chapter 9 ‘Ikh Hob Lib Shlangen’: Virility and Di Yunge
Eitan Kensky
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152-161
Chapter 10 Gendered War in Aharon Reuveni’s Yerusholayim in Shotn Fun Shverd
Yaakov Herskovitz
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162-172
Chapter 11 the Kmoy-Conquest of South America: Yankev Botoshansky and the Masculine Imaginary of Yiddish Literature
William Gertz Runyan
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173-190
Chapter 12 the ‘Bathroom Crisis’ in the Shtetl: Transgender Identity and Homoerotic Anxiety in Isaac Bashevis Singer
Alexandra Tali Herzog
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191-196
Index
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Estraikh, Gennady, and Mikhail Krutikov (eds), Women, Men and Books: Issues of Gender in Yiddish Discourse, Studies In Yiddish, 16 (Cambridge: Legenda, 2019)

First footnote reference: 35 Women, Men and Books: Issues of Gender in Yiddish Discourse, ed. by Gennady Estraikh and Mikhail Krutikov, Studies In Yiddish, 16 (Cambridge: Legenda, 2019), p. 21.

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

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Estraikh, Gennady, and Mikhail Krutikov (eds). 2019. Women, Men and Books: Issues of Gender in Yiddish Discourse, Studies In Yiddish, 16 (Cambridge: Legenda)

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