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A Question of Tradition: Women Poets in Yiddish, 1586-1987

Kathryn Hellerstein


This book is about tradition. But even more than tradition itself, it is about the questions surrounding tradition. The tradition central to this book is that of Yiddish poetry written by women and draws from Ezra Korman’s 1928 anthology of women Yiddish poets, Yiddishe dikhterins: Antologye. Korman collected Yiddish poems by seventy women writers who published between 1586 and 1927. The earliest figures printed either poems with an all-encompassing religious context; the poets in the late nineteenth century reflected the emerging ideas of Jewish nationhood; and the twentieth-century poets com ... More

Keywords: tradition, Yiddish, women, Jewish, literature, poetry, religion, modernism, nationhood

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780804756228
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: May 2015 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804756228.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kathryn Hellerstein, author
University of Pennsylvania