What Must Be Forgotten

What Must Be Forgotten : The Survival of Yiddish in Zionist Palestine

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As Zionism took root in Palestine, European Yiddish was employed within a dominant Hebrew context. A complex relationship between cultural politics and Jewish writing ensued that paved the way for modern Israeli culture. This enlightening volume reveals a previously unrecognized, alternative literature that flourished vigorously without legitimacy. Significant examples discussed include ethnically ambiguous fiction of Zalmen Brokhes, minority-oriented works of Avrom Rivess, and culturally pluralistic poetry by Rikuda Potash. The remote locales of these writers, coupled with the exuberant expressiveness of Yiddish, led to unique perceptions of Zionist endeavors in the Yishuv. Using tare archival material and personal interviews, What Must Be Forgotten unearths dimensions largely neglected in mainstream books on Yiddish and/or Hebrew studies.
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  • Hardback | 238 pages
  • 147 x 215 x 22mm | 503.49g
  • New York, United States
  • English, Yiddish
  • 0815630506
  • 9780815630500
  • 1,763,173

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This study sheds new, clear, and abundant light on various aspects of the Hebrew-Yiddish conflict in the Zionist Yishuv of Palestine and provides an instructive chapter in the historiography of Zionist culture. Original, insightful, and rigorous readings of the texts create a complex, innovative picture and reveal an alternative, complementary sphere of cultural creativity. - Chava Turniansky, Hebrew University, Jerusalem; ""This book exhibits independent archival research of the most valuable kind, an ability to interpret the literary texts with fine attention to details of form and substance and without any sort of tendentiousness, a firm grasp of historical issues, and a subtle understanding of the complex relations between literature and ideology."" - Robert Alter, author of Canon and Creativity
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