Adventures in Yiddishland: Postvernacular Language and Culture

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University of California Press, 2006 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 263 pages
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Adventures in Yiddishland examines the transformation of Yiddish in the six decades since the Holocaust, tracing its shift from the language of daily life for millions of Jews to what the author terms a postvernacular language of diverse and expanding symbolic value. With a thorough command of modern Yiddish culture as well as its centuries-old history, Jeffrey Shandler investigates the remarkable diversity of contemporary encounters with the language. His study traverses the broad spectrum of people who engage with Yiddish—from Hasidim to avant-garde performers, Jews as well as non-Jews, fluent speakers as well as those who know little or no Yiddish—in communities across the Americas, in Europe, Israel, and other outposts of "Yiddishland."
 

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This is the most fun book on Yiddish culture that I have read so far. I'm only halfway through because I can't read it late at night when I do most of my reading - it keeps me up and the ideas are ... Read full review

Contents

Postvernacularity or Speaking of Yiddish
1
1 Imagining Yiddishland
31
2 Beyond the Mother Tongue
59
3 Founded in Translation
92
4 Yiddish as Performance Art
126
5 Absolut Tchotchke
155
6 Wanted Dead or Alive?
177
Notes
203
Index
243
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Jeffrey Shandler is Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies at Rutgers University. He is author of While America Watches: Televising the Holocaust (1999), editor of Awakening Lives: Autobiographies of Jewish Youth in Poland before the Holocaust (2002), and coauthor of Entertaining America: Jews, Movies, and Broadcasting (2003), among other books. He lives in New York.

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