Download PDF by Kathryn Hellerstein: A Question of Tradition: Women Poets in Yiddish, 1586-1987

By Kathryn Hellerstein

ISBN-10: 0804756228

ISBN-13: 9780804756228

In A query of Tradition, Kathryn Hellerstein explores the jobs that ladies poets performed in forming a contemporary Yiddish literary culture. ladies who wrote in Yiddish pass principally unrecognized open air a speedily diminishing Yiddish readership. Even within the heyday of Yiddish literature, they have been considered as marginal. yet for over 4 centuries, ladies wrote and released Yiddish poems that addressed the crises of Jewish history—from the plague to the Holocaust—as good because the demanding situations and pleasures of everyday life: prayer, paintings, friendship, nature, family members, and love. via shut readings and translations of poems of eighteen writers, Hellerstein argues for a brand new point of view on a practice of girls Yiddish poets. Framed by way of a attention of Ezra Korman's 1928 anthology of girls poets, Hellerstein develops a dialogue of poetry that extends from the 16th century during the 20th, from early sleek Prague and Krakow to excessive modernist Warsaw, manhattan, and California. The poems diversity from early traditional devotions, resembling a printer's preface and verse prayers, to experimental, transgressive lyrics that confront a latest ambivalence towards Judaism. In an built-in examine of literary and cultural historical past, Hellerstein exhibits the immensely vital contribution made by way of ladies poets to Jewish literary tradition.

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