Synopses & Reviews
andquot;Shandler's book is a tour de force. It will be a landmark addition to our understanding of modern Jewish culture.andquot;
andquot;Aand#160;sophisticated, erudite study. Shandler's new book focuses not so much on the Eastern European market town as on the changing ways in which Jews have employed it as 'social space to think with,' a ready-made idiom with which to address contemporary concerns.andquot;
By examining the meaning of shtetl, Jeffrey Shandler asks how Jewish life in provincial towns in Eastern Europe has become the subject of extensive creativity, memory, and scholarship. He traces the trajectory of writing about these towns, by Jews and non-Jews, residents and visitors, researchers, novelists, memoirists, journalists, and others, to demonstrate how the Yiddish word for andldquo;townandrdquo; emerged as a key word in Jewish culture and Jewish studies.and#160;
About the Author
JEFFREY SHANDLER is a professor of Jewish studies at Rutgers University. He is the author of While America Watches: Televising the Holocaust; Adventures in Yiddishland: Postvernacular Language and Culture; and Jews, God, and Videotape: Religion and Media in America.
Table of Contents
1 Talk of the Town
2 Forsht ayer shtetl!
and#160;and#160; Early Writings
and#160;and#160; Activist Scholarship
and#160;and#160; Looking Forward, Looking Back
and#160;and#160; Postwar Collecting and Recollecting
and#160;and#160; Shtetl Studies Come of Age
3 Shtetl Fabulous