Yiddish Literature Criticism: Overviews And General Studies - Essay

Emmanuel S. Goldsmith (essay date 1976)

(Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Goldsmith, Emmanuel S. “The Emergence of Yiddishism” and “The Growth of Yiddishism.” In Architects of Yiddishism at the Beginning of the Twentieth Century: A Study in Jewish Cultural History, pp. 45-69, 259-75. Rutherford, N.J.: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press/London: Associated University Presses, 1976.

[In the following essays, Goldsmith traces the emergence, development, and growth of Yiddish literature around the world.]

Alexander Zederbaum (1816-1893), the publisher of the first Hebrew newspaper in Russia, was embarrassed at the thought of publishing a Yiddish newspaper. At first his Hamelitz, which began appearing in 1860, contained...

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David G. Roskies (essay date 1998)

(Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Roskies, David G. “Yiddish in the Twentieth Century: A Literature of Anger and Homecoming.”1 In Yiddish Language and Culture: Then and Now, edited by Leonard Jay Greenspoon, pp. 1-16. Omaha, Neb.: Creighton University Press, 1998.

[In the following essay, Roskies explores the themes of anger and rebelliousness that he sees as defining the Yiddish literary canon.]

Back home in New York I am a member of a khevra kadisha, a Jewish burial society. It has taught me to distinguish between the living and the dead. No amount of verbiage or hype can bring a dead man back to life. When the oxygen stops flowing to the brain and the blood stops pumping from...

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