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

By Kathryn Hellerstein

In A query of Tradition, Kathryn Hellerstein explores the jobs that girls poets performed in forming a latest Yiddish literary culture. ladies who wrote in Yiddish move mostly unrecognized outdoors 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 lifestyle: prayer, artwork, friendship, nature, relations, and love. via shut readings and translations of poems of eighteen writers, Hellerstein argues for a brand new viewpoint on a convention of girls Yiddish poets. Framed through 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 smooth Prague and Krakow to excessive modernist Warsaw, long island, and California. The poems diversity from early traditional devotions, akin to a printer's preface and verse prayers, to experimental, transgressive lyrics that confront a latest ambivalence towards Judaism. In an built-in research of literary and cultural background, Hellerstein indicates the immensely vital contribution made via ladies poets to Jewish literary tradition.

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