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A Question of Tradition: Women Poets in Yiddish, 1586-1987 (Stanford Studies in Jewish History and C)

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In A Question of Tradition, Kathryn Hellerstein explores the roles that women poets played in forming a modern Yiddish literary tradition. Women who wrote in Yiddish go largely unrecognized outside a rapidly diminishing Yiddish readership. Even in the heyday of Yiddish literature, they were regarded as marginal. But for over four centuries, women wrote and published Yiddish poems that addressed the crises of Jewish history—from the plague to the Holocaust—as well as the challenges and pleasures of daily life: prayer, art, friendship, nature, family, and love. Through close readings and translations of poems of eighteen writers, Hellerstein argues for a new perspective on a tradition of women Yiddish poets. Framed by a consideration of Ezra Korman's 1928 anthology of women poets, Hellerstein develops a discussion of poetry that extends from the sixteenth century through the twentieth, from early modern Prague and Krakow to high modernist Warsaw, New York, and California. The poems range from early conventional devotions, such as a printer's preface and verse prayers, to experimental, transgressive lyrics that confront a modern ambivalence toward Judaism. In an integrated study of literary and cultural history, Hellerstein shows the immensely important contribution made by women poets to Jewish literary tradition.

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The first comprehensive, comparative study of women poets in Yiddish, A Question of Tradition shows the important role that women Yiddish poets played in the creation of Jewish literary tradition.

About the Author

Kathryn Hellerstein is Associate Professor of Germanic Languages and Literatures, and the Ruth Meltzer Senior Lecturer in Yiddish and Jewish Studies, at at the University of Pennsylvania. She is also Director of the Jewish Studies Program for Undergraduates.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780804756228
Author:
Hellerstein, Kathryn
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
Author:
Kathryn, Hellerstein
Subject:
Jewish
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Stanford Studies in Jewish History and C
Publication Date:
20140731
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
512
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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