Lingering Bilingualism: Modern Hebrew and Yiddish Literatures in Contact - Judaic Traditions in Literature, Music, and Art (Paperback)Naomi Brenner (author)
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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
Number of pages: 296
Weight: 426 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 20 mm
Lingering Bilingualism is rich, learned, thoughtful and thought-
provoking. . . . A remarkable example of its kind.
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.
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.
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