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By Kathryn Hellerstein

In A query of Tradition, Kathryn Hellerstein explores the jobs that girls poets performed in forming a contemporary Yiddish literary culture. girls who wrote in Yiddish cross mostly unrecognized open air a quickly diminishing Yiddish readership. Even within the heyday of Yiddish literature, they have been considered as marginal. yet for over 4 centuries, girls 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, family members, and love. via shut readings and translations of poems of eighteen writers, Hellerstein argues for a brand new standpoint on a practice of ladies Yiddish poets. Framed by means of a attention of Ezra Korman's 1928 anthology of ladies poets, Hellerstein develops a dialogue of poetry that extends from the 16th century throughout the 20th, from early glossy Prague and Krakow to excessive modernist Warsaw, big apple, and California. The poems variety from early traditional devotions, equivalent to a printer's preface and verse prayers, to experimental, transgressive lyrics that confront a contemporary ambivalence towards Judaism. In an built-in learn of literary and cultural historical past, Hellerstein indicates the immensely very important contribution made through girls poets to Jewish literary tradition.

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