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Lingering Bilingualism: Modern Hebrew and Yiddish Literatures in Contact - Judaic Traditions in Literature, Music, and Art (Paperback)
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Lingering Bilingualism: Modern Hebrew and Yiddish Literatures in Contact - Judaic Traditions in Literature, Music, and Art (Paperback)

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At the beginning of the twentieth century, ambitious young writers flocked from Jewish towns and villages to cultural centers like Warsaw, Odessa, and Vilna to seek their fortunes. These writers, typically proficient in both Hebrew and Yiddish, gathered in literary salons and cafes to read, declaim, discuss, and ponder the present and future of Jewish culture. However, in the years before and after World War I, writers and readers increasingly immigrated to Western Europe, the Americas, and Palestine, transforming the multilingualism that had defined Jewish literary culture in Eastern Europe. By 1950, Hebrew was ensconced as the language and literature of the young state of Israel, and Yiddish was scattered throughout postwar Jewish communities in Europe and North and South America.

Lingering Bilingualism examines these early twentieth-century transformations of Jewish life and culture through the lens of modern Hebrew-Yiddish bilingualism. Exploring a series of encounters between Hebrew and Yiddish writers and texts, Brenner demonstrates how modern Hebrew and Yiddish literatures shifted from an established bilingualism to a dynamic translingualism in response to radical changes in Jewish ideology, geography, and culture. She analyzes how these literatures and their writers, translators, and critics intersected in places like Warsaw, Berlin, Tel Aviv, and New York-and imagined new paradigms for cultural production in Jewish languages. Her aim is neither to idealize the Hebrew-Yiddish bilingualism that once defined East European Jewish culture nor to recount the ""language war"" that challenged it. Rather, Lingering Bilingualism argues that continued Hebrew-Yiddish literary contact has been critical to the development of each literature, cultivating linguistic and literary experimentation and innovation.

Publisher: Syracuse University Press
ISBN: 9780815634096
Number of pages: 296
Weight: 426 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 20 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

Lingering Bilingualism is rich, learned, thoughtful and thought-
provoking. . . . A remarkable example of its kind.

--Jeremy Dauber, Atran Professor of Yiddish Language, Literature, and Culture, Columbia University

An original reconceptualization of linguistic
and literary relationships between
Hebrew and Yiddish during the crucial
20th century. It remaps these relationships
within the context of a changing
Jewish culture over the first decades of the
century, thus revealing and delineating a
rich, finely nuanced dynamic.

--Yael Chaver, author of What Must Be Forgotten: The Survival of Yiddish in Zionist Palestine

By detailing the perspectives of the main writers and publishers on each side of the debate and illustrating the ideologies of bilingualism that characterized both Yiddishists and Hebraists, the author shows how these
years saw the development of diverse paradigms in which, at least for a time, Yiddish and Hebrew cultures
coexisted and were even seen as nurturing each other. Brenner thus tells the poignant story of how Jewish
writers and intellectuals strove through bilingualism to move toward a new and forward-looking Jewish linguistic and literary culture.

--A.J. Avery-Peck, College of the Holy Cross "CHOICE "

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