Yiddish And Power: Ten Overhauls of a Stateless Language by D. Katz

Yiddish And Power: Ten Overhauls of a Stateless Language

byD. KatzEditorDovid Gabrielle

Hardcover | December 19, 2014

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Yiddish and Power is a survey of a thousand years of social, linguistic and intellectual, social and political history of the Yiddish language within the traditional civilisation of Jewish Ashkenaz in central, and then in eastern Europe, and its interaction with the surrounding non-Jewish culture. The book explores the ways in which Yiddish has empowered masses first by providing access to romantic literature from outside, and then later, to the 'secrets' from inside the Jewish heritage (including KabbalahKabbalistic mysticism) that were previously accessible only for those rabbinically trained in the two classic Jewish languages, Hebrew and Aramaic. Along the way, the study of Yiddish variously served the interests of Jewish rebels, anti-Semites (and in an unusual agreement, Jewish assimilationists) who sought to vilify the language as an embodiment of evil. The language went on to become a beloved and key value in radical new Jewish movements, in politics, culture and literature.Yiddish today continues to serve various interests ranging from the far left to the far right. This book covers close to a thousand years of uses, abuses, disputes, love and hate of one of Europe's genuinely exotic languages.

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About The Author

Dovid Katz is an international authority on Yiddish and Ashkenazic Jewish culture. He founded Yiddish studies at Oxford University, where he taught for 18 years, and then in Vilnius, where he was professor of Yiddish in Vilnius for 11 years. He has published many academic works in Yiddish studies in addition to three collections ...

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Title:Yiddish And Power: Ten Overhauls of a Stateless LanguageFormat:HardcoverDimensions:340 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0.04 inPublished:December 19, 2014Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan UKLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230517609

ISBN - 13:9780230517608

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Table of Contents

Introduction
1. A Yiddish Romance with Powerlessness
PART I: OLD YIDDISH IN WESTERN ASHKENAZ
2. Gentile Culture Empowers Simple Jews
3. Power of the Printing Press
4. Women of Western Ashkenaz
5. The Neo-Religious and the Jewish-Secular
6. Power Shifts of West?East, Earlier?Later, Secular?Religious
7. Women (and Men) of Eastern Ashkenaz
8. Religious Theories of Yiddish
PART II: TRANSITION IN THE WEST
9. Antisemitism Targets Yiddish
10. Jewish Enlightenment also targets Yiddish
PART III: RISE IN THE EAST
11. Religious Power
12. Secular Power
13. Party Politics
PART IV: MODERNITY
14. Interwar Encounters with Government Status
15. Yiddishless Yiddish Power, Powerless Yiddish