The Yiddish Presence in European Literature
Inspiration and Interaction
Selected Papers arising from the Fourth and Fifth International Mendel Friedman Conference

Edited by Joseph Sherman and Ritchie Robertson

Studies In Yiddish 5

Legenda

13 September 2005  •  170pp

ISBN: 1-900755-83-1 (hardback)  •  RRP £75, $99, €85

ISBN: 978-1-351197-31-1 (Taylor & Francis ebook)

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Early in the twentieth century, Yiddish, previously stigmatized as a corrupt jargon, came to be recognized as a language in its own right, and one moreover that was already the vehicle for a rich literature. Many writers in other European languages steadily became aware of the status and richness of the Yiddish language, sometimes by encountering Yiddish-speaking communities in Eastern Europe, and they responded to Yiddish language and culture in their own works, while Yiddish writers adopted, and sometimes anticipated, modern trends in other European literatures known to them. The collection of papers in this volume examines some of these fruitful interactions between Yiddish and the European literary tradition, ranging from the early nineteenth century to the present, from France to Lithuania, and from classic modernist writers such as Kafka to Imre Kertész (Nobel Prize for Literature, 2002).

Joseph Sherman is University Research Lecturer in Yiddish in the University of Oxford and Woolf Corob Fellow in Yiddish Studies at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies. Ritchie Robertson is Professor of German and a Fellow of St John's College, Oxford.

Reviews:

  • ‘This excellent volume makes a most welcome contribution to the field of Jewish comparative literary studies.’ — Hugh Denman, Modern Language Review 102.2, April 2007, 600-02 (full text online)

Contents:

1-6
Introduction
Gennady Estraikh, Ritchie Robertson
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7-12
‘When Purim-shpiler meets Columbine’: Characters of Commedia dell’arte and Purimshpil in the Works of Moyshe Broderzon
Gilles Rozier
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13-21
In the Worst Possible Taste: Romain Gary’s Dance of Genghis Cohn
David Bellos
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22-33
‘Muthwillige Faschingstracht’: The Presence of Yiddish in Nineteenth-Century German Literature
Florian Krobb
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34-44
Kafka’s Encounter with the Yiddish Theatre
Ritchie Robertson
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45-72
Translating Yiddish: Martin Buber and David Pinski
David Groiser
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73-86
Yiddish Author as Cultural Mediator: Meir Wiener’s Unpublished Novel
Mikhail Krutikov
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87-98
The Romance of the East: Encounters of German-Jewish Writers with Yiddish-Speaking Communities, 1916-27
David Midgley
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99-107
Intimacy and Alienation: Yiddish in the Works of Jurek Becker
Pól Ó Dochartaigh
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108-116
‘Living through Something’: Notes on the Work of Imre Kertész
Peter Sherwood
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117-133
Bergelson and Chekhov: Convergences and Departures
Joseph Sherman
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134-152
Shmuel Gordon: A Yiddish Writer in ‘the Ocean of Russian Literature’
Gennady Estraikh
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Bibliography entry:

Sherman, Joseph, and Ritchie Robertson (eds), The Yiddish Presence in European Literature: Inspiration and Interaction, Studies In Yiddish, 5 (Cambridge: Legenda, 2005)

First footnote reference: 35 The Yiddish Presence in European Literature: Inspiration and Interaction, ed. by Joseph Sherman and Ritchie Robertson, Studies In Yiddish, 5 (Cambridge: Legenda, 2005), p. 21.

Subsequent footnote reference: 37 Sherman and Robertson, p. 47.

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Sherman, Joseph, and Ritchie Robertson (eds). 2005. The Yiddish Presence in European Literature: Inspiration and Interaction, Studies In Yiddish, 5 (Cambridge: Legenda)

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