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Other titles in the Judaic Traditions in Literature, Music, & Art series:
Polish-Jewish Literature in the Interwar Years (Judaic Traditions in Literature, Music, and Art)by Eugenia. Trans. By Abe Shenitzer. Prokop-janiec
Synopses & Reviews
Foremost among a recent wave of Polish books on Jewish issues, this groundbreaking work rectifies long-held misconceptions about Polish Jewish writers.<P>Popular notion has it that Polish Jewish writers, unlike their counterparts in Western, Northern, and Central Europe, wrote solely in Yiddish or Hebrew. Yet between the two world wars Poland produced an elite group of assimilated Jews who wrote exclusively in Polish. Theirs was not an easy lot. Torn between love of Poland and its literature and their own Jewish identity, they straddled a fine line between two cultural worlds — at once advocating acculturation while prey to virulent anti-Semitism.<P>This pioneering, award-winning volume examines the emergence and development of these writers, their personal plight, and the profound effect they had upon Polish letters and poetry. Meticulously researched, it explores the role of language as a bridge, attitudes toward Polish writing, impact of the ghetto, and the transformation of Polish into a force for its Jewish populace. Finally, it pays homage to fine literary voices silenced by the Holocaust.
Book News Annotation:
Prokop-Janiec presents her Ph.D. dissertation in Polish philology for the Jagiellonian University in 1989. Rather than construct a necessarily contorted and imprecise theory about what exactly is and is not Polish-Jewish literature, she relies on materials form the most important Polish-Jewish periodicals. The original was published in 1992 by Universitas, Krakow. Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Includes bibliographical references (p. 291-303) and index.
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