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Adventures in Yiddishland Postvernacular Language and Culture

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ISBN-10: 0520258118

ISBN-13: 9780520258112

Edition: 2008

Authors: Jeffrey Shandler

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Adventures in Yiddishlandexamines 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…    
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Book details

List price: $31.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 12/1/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 278
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

Hasia R. Diner is the Paul S. and Sylvia Steinberg Professor of American Jewish History in the Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judiac Studies at New York University. She has taught American Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park, and at Johns Hopkins.Jeffrey Shandler is assistant professor in the Department of Jewish Studies at Rutgers University.

List of Illustrations
Author's Note
Introduction: Postvernacularity, or Speaking of Yiddish
Imagining Yiddishland
Beyond the Mother Tongue
Founded in Translation
Yiddish as Performance Art
Absolut Tchotchke
Wanted Dead or Alive?