Building Modern Jewish Culture
The Yiddish Kultur-Lige

Edited by Harriet L. Murav, Gennady Estraikh and Myroslav Shkandrij

Studies In Yiddish 20

Legenda

  31 August 2023  •  254pp

ISBN: 978-1-839541-57-5 (hardback)  •  RRP £85, $115, €99

ISBN: 978-1-839541-58-2 (paperback, forthcoming)

ISBN: 978-1-839541-59-9 (JSTOR ebook)

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In the midst of the violent conflicts of 1918 ambitious plans for new cultural formations emerged on the territory of the former Russian Empire. The most important Jewish community organization was the Kultur-Lige. Founded to ‘organize the Jewish masses and develop Yiddish culture’, the association’s first meeting took place at the Kyiv apartment of the Yiddish writer David Bergelson. ‘Leagues for Yiddish culture’ were simultaneously founded in such places as Vilna (Vilnius), Warsaw, Moscow, Berlin, and New York. Scores of Yiddish books came out under the imprints of the Kultur-Lige publishing houses in Kyiv and Warsaw. However, it is less well known that he activity of the Kultur-Lige covered not only literature, journalism, and linguistics, but also the visual arts, music, theatre, and education. The goal of the Kultur-Lige was nothing less than the development and stewardship of Jewish secular national culture in its entirety. Although several previous volumes of the Legenda’s Studies in Yiddish series paid attention to personalities who played central roles in the Kultur-Lige, this is the first volume to focus on the history and creative output of the most significant organizational network devoted to the development of modern Yiddish culture.

Contents:

1
Introduction
Harriet Murav, Gennady Estraikh, Myroslav Shkandrij
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2
The Year 1919: Getting a Taste of Soviet Sponsorship
Hillel Kazovsky
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3
Heralds of the New Art: Boris Aronson and Mykhailo Boichuk in Kyiv, 1917-1922
Myroslav Shkandrij
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4
The Music Section of the Kyiv The Kultur-Lige and the Idea of Music for All
Lyudmila Sholokhova
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5
Leyb Kvitko’s Poetry of Abandonment
Harriet Murav
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6
Between Horror and Jubilation: The Sublime in Leyb Kvitko’s Poetics
Mikhail Krutikov
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7
David Bergelson’s Radiant Net of Yiddish Culture
Daria Vakhrusheva
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8
Anti-Jewish Violence, Jewish Art and Literature: The Pogroms of 1919 and the Kultur-Lige
Sabine Koller
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9
Studio Theatre in Wartime Kyiv: The Gender of the Archive and Locating the Actress
Mayhill C. Fowler
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10
Biography of a Reader: Alexander Pomerantz and the Kultur-Lige’s Legacy
Amelia M. Glaser
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11
The Yiddish Culture of Leftist Politics in Interwar France
Nick Underwood
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12
Political Culture and the Politics of Culture: The Kultur-Lige in Interwar Romania
Augusta Costiuc Radosav
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13
Yiddish Culture under Surveillance: The Literary Group ‘Construction’ in Soviet Ukraine
Gennady Estraikh
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Bibliography entry:

Murav, Harriet L., Gennady Estraikh, and Myroslav Shkandrij (eds), Building Modern Jewish Culture: The Yiddish Kultur-Lige, Studies In Yiddish, 20 (Legenda, 2023)

First footnote reference: 35 Building Modern Jewish Culture: The Yiddish Kultur-Lige, ed. by Harriet L. Murav, Gennady Estraikh and Myroslav Shkandrij, Studies In Yiddish, 20 (Legenda, 2023), p. 21.

Subsequent footnote reference: 37 Murav, Estraikh, and Shkandrij, p. 47.

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Murav, Harriet L., Gennady Estraikh, and Myroslav Shkandrij (eds). 2023. Building Modern Jewish Culture: The Yiddish Kultur-Lige, Studies In Yiddish, 20 (Legenda)

Example citation: ‘A quotation occurring on page 21 of this work’ (Murav, Estraikh, and Shkandrij 2023: 21).

Example footnote reference: 35 Murav, Estraikh, and Shkandrij 2023: 21.

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