Der Nister&s work 1907 - 1929
This book examines the symbolist tales of Der Nister (1884-1950), a Soviet Yiddish writer who wrote before and after the Revolution in the USSR, and in Berlin in the 1920s. It offers various intertextual readings of the tales, determining the influence of the French and Russian symbolist movements and the Jewish folk and art-tale, and retracing the political and artistic background of Jewish modernism in the Soviet Union and in Berlin in the 1920s. Drawing on various literary theories, it also investigates the narrative structure of Der Nister's tales, based on the midrashic mashal-nimshal figure, as well as his sophisticated use of symbol and allegory. Finally, it examines the intrusion of the economics of modernity (the city, the masses, inflation) which leads to the disintegration of the system of allegorical symbolism, the collapse of storytelling, and Der Nister's final renunciation of symbolism.
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A CULTURAL BIOGRAPHY OF DER NISTER
THE INFLUENCE OF FRENCH AND RUSSIAN SYMBOLISM
B Particular innovations of the second generation
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Adam aleyn All-bridge allegorical Angus Fletcher appears B-tales Berlin Bern Comedian confrontation constellation creation daughter dayn demons destiny dokh Dovid E.T.A. Hoffmann evil fantastic folktale frame-story Fun mayne giter Gedakht Gekept geven gevorn goal Hasidic Hebrew hermit hero hobn holy human Ibid Jewish Jews Kabbalah kabbalistic Kadmen keyn Kiev Kleopatre lebn letster mentsh literary Litvakov mashal Mashber Master mayse Medardus midber Miriam mission modern mystic myth Nakhman nakht narrative narrator Naygayst Niger nimshal nisht Nister Nister's early nokh nozir Oyfn oykh parable Perets ployt poet poetry Poylish prose published quest represented Russian symbolism Russian symbolists Satan sefirot Shekhinah Sheydim Shiker Shmeruk Shmuel Niger shoyn Soviet spirit story structure style symbolism tale traditional tsayt Tsum barg undz union Uriel Weinreich vald velt venad virgin wanderer word world-carrier Yiddish literature Yiddish writers York young zaynen zikh Zohar