Polish-Jewish Literature in the Interwar Years

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Mai 2003



Foremost among a recent wave of Polish books on Jewish issues, this groundbreaking work rectifies long-held misconceptions about Polish Jewish writers.Popular notion has it that Polish Jewish writers, unlike their counterparts in Western, Northern, and Central Europe, wrote solely in Yiddish or Hebrew. Yet between the two world wars Poland produced an elite group of assimilated Jews who wrote exclusively in Polish. Theirs was not an easy lot. Torn between love of Poland and its literature and their own Jewish identity, they straddled a fine line between two cultural worlds -- at once advocating acculturation while prey to virulent anti-Semitism.This pioneering, award-winning volume examines the emergence and development of these writers, their personal plight, and the profound effect they had upon Polish letters and poetry. Meticulously researched, it explores the role of language as a bridge, attitudes toward Polish writing, impact of the ghetto, and the transformation of Polish into a force for its Jewish populace. Finally, it pays homage to fine literary voices silenced by the Holocaust.


Eugenia Prokop-Janiec teaches modern Polish literature at the Jagiellonian University in Cracow. She is the editor of the anthology Polish-Jewish Poetry in the Interwar Years. Abe Shenitzer is professor emeritus in the department of mathematics and statistics of York University, Ontario, Canada.
EAN: 9780815629849
ISBN: 0815629842
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Mai 2003
Seitenanzahl: 314 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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