Polin Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 28: Jewish Writing in Poland by Monika Adamczyk-GarbowskaPolin Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 28: Jewish Writing in Poland by Monika Adamczyk-Garbowska

Polin Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 28: Jewish Writing in Poland

EditorMonika Adamczyk-Garbowska, Slawomir Jacek Zurek, Antony Polonsky

Paperback | December 24, 2015

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Since the Enlightenment, the cultural creativity of Polish Jews has found expression not only in Hebrew and Yiddish, but increasingly in Polish. There has been mutual and dynamic interaction between the cultural systems, but, until the end of communism, the trilingual Jewish culture of Polandwas little studied. In this volume, scholars from Poland, the United States, Israel, Italy, and Argentina investigate writers from across this spectrum and consider how they saw their Jewish (and sometimes Polish) identity, and what they thought of the authors in the other linguistic or culturalcamps. Together, their essays constitute the first examination of Jewish literatures in Poland from the point of view of both linguistic and geographical diversity. The interwar years serve as the reference point, but material on the period before World War I and after 1945 is also included. The book comprises six sections. There is new research on Jewish literature in Polish, including discussions of less widely known works by Janusz Korczak and Julian Stryjkowski. Polish-Yiddish-Hebrew literary contacts are then reviewed, with important pieces on Y.L. Peretz's early work, thetranslation of Hayim Nahman Bialik's poetry into Polish, the influence of Polish writers on Sholem Asch's early plays, and the reception of Yosef Opatoshu's novels in interwar Poland. The next section explores the images of Poles and Poland in the work of Jewish writers and of Jews in the work ofPolish authors, for instance in the work of the Hebrew Nobel laureate S.Y. Agnon and the Polish writer Stanislaw Vincenz. The subsequent section looks at avant-garde art and modern ideologies, with discussions of Bruno Schulz's graphic works and why communism appealed to some Jewish writers.Discussion then moves to questions of identity, with a special focus on Julian Tuwim, one of the greatest Polish poets, an assimilated Jew attacked by Polish nationalists on the one hand and Yiddishists on the other. The last group of essays in the collection looks at different "exiles", understoodboth literally and metaphorically and encompassing works created in Poland, Israel, and Argentina. In spite of this wide range of themes, the coverage of the topic is not exhaustive: there are still very few studies of Polish-Hebrew literary contacts, and although more has been written about Yiddishwriters in Poland there are still areas requiring a comparative perspective. This is a major study of topics which have rarely been discussed in English, especially Jewish literature written in Polish. The articles should appeal to all students of literature, and particularly to those interested inPolish, Yiddish, and Hebrew creativity understood as a rich cultural polysystem.
Antony Polonsky is Professor Emeritus of Holocaust Studies at Brandeis University and chief historian of the Polin Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw. He is Chair of the Editorial Board of Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry.
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Title:Polin Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 28: Jewish Writing in PolandFormat:PaperbackDimensions:596 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:December 24, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1906764468

ISBN - 13:9781906764463

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