What Must be Forgotten
The Survival of Yiddish Writing in Zionist Palestine
By (author) Yael Chaver
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What Must be Forgotten by Yael Chaver
Book DescriptionAs Zionism took root in Palestine, European Yiddish was employed within a dominant Hebrew context. A complex relationship between cultural politics and Jewish writing ensued that paved the way for modern Israeli culture. This enlightening volume reveals a previously unrecognized, alternative literature that flourished vigorously without legitimacy. Significant examples discussed include ethnically ambiguous fiction of Zalmen Brokhes, minority-oriented works of Avrom Rivess, and culturally pluralistic poetry by Rikuda Potash. The remote locales of these writers, coupled with the exuberant expressiveness of Yiddish, led to unique perceptions of Zionist endeavors in the Yishuv. Using tare archival material and personal interviews, What Must Be Forgotten unearths dimensions largely neglected in mainstream books on Yiddish and/or Hebrew studies.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780815630500
(229mm x 152mm x 22mm)
Imprint: Syracuse University Press
Publisher: Syracuse University Press
Publish Date: 31-Aug-2004
Country of Publication: United States
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