The Revolutionary Roots of Modern Yiddish, 1903-1917 (Judaic Traditions in Literature, Music, and Art)

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At the beginning of the twentieth century, Yiddish was widely viewed, even by many of its speakers, as a corrupt form of German that Jews had to abandon if they hoped to engage in serious intellectual, cultural, or political work. Yet, by 1917, it was the dominant language of the Russian Jewish press, a medium for modern literary criticism, a vehicle for science and learning, and the foundation of an ideology of Jewish liberation. Challenging many longstanding historical conceptions about the founding of modern Yiddish, The Revolutionary Roots of Yiddish Scholarship, 1903-1917 investigates the origins of contemporary Yiddish scholarship.
Trachtenberg reveals how, following the model set by other nationalist movements that were developing in the Russian empire, one-time revolutionaries such as the literary critic Shmuel Niger, the Marxist Zionist leader Ber Borochov, and the linguist Nokhem Shtif, dedicated themselves to the creation of a new branch of Jewish scholarship dedicated to their native language. The new “Yiddish science” was concerned with the tasks of standardizing Yiddish grammar, orthography, and word corpus, establishing a Yiddish literary tradition, exploring Jewish folk traditions, and creating an institutional structure to support their language's development. In doing so, the author argues, they hoped to reimagine Russian Jewry as a modern nation with a mature language and culture, and which deserved the same collective rights and autonomy that were being demanded by other nations in the empire.

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Barry Trachtenberg is assistant professor of European Jewish Studies at the University at Albany, SUNY. He has published articles in the Journal of Modern Jewish Studies and Science in Context, as well as in several edited volumes.

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....This [book] is a welcome addition to the growing field of Yiddish cultural studies. -- Mikhail Krutikov, University of Michigan

"Whereas the period prior to 1903 produced the forefathers of the Yiddish language-- Mendele Moykher Seforim, Yitskhok Leibush Peretz and Sholem Aleichem--and the revolution of 1917 augured the heyday of the Yiddish language, the period in between has been largely ignored.... Barry Trachtenberg...aims to fill that gap.... [I]mportant reading for anybody with a serious interest in the history of Russian Jewry." --Association of Jewish Libraries Newsletter

"Primarily a contribution to the field of Yiddish studies, the book gives the more general reader a picture of the social and ideological ferment of this period and the groundwork it laid for the rich Yiddish culture of the 1920's and 1930's that died in the ashes of the Holocaust, and the emergence of the United States and Israel as the new centers of the Jewish World"- Jewish Book World --Jewish Book World

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