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With remarkably unique formulations, Naomi Seidman examines the ways in which Hebrew, the Holy Tongue, and Yiddish, the vernacular language of Ashkenazic Jews, got here to symbolize the masculine and female faces, respectively, of Ashkenazic Jewish tradition. Her refined heritage is the 1st book-length exploration of the sexual politics underlying the "marriage" of Hebrew and Yiddish, and it has profound implications for figuring out the centrality of language offerings and ideologies within the development of recent Jewish identification. Seidman relatively examines this sexual-linguistic method because it formed the paintings of 2 bilingual authors, S.Y. Abramovitsh, the "grand-father" of recent Hebrew and Yiddish literature; and Dvora Baron, the 1st sleek lady author in Hebrew (and a author in Yiddish as well). She additionally offers an research of the jobs that Hebrew "masculinity" and Yiddish "femininity" performed within the Hebrew-Yiddish language wars, the divorce that finally ended the wedding among the languages.
Theorists have lengthy debated the function of parents within the child's courting to language. Seidman offers the Ashkenazic case as an illuminating instance of a society during which "mother tongue" and "father tongue" are basically differentiated. Her paintings speaks to special matters in modern scholarship, together with the psychoanalysis of language acquisition, the feminist critique of Zionism, and the nexus of women's reviews and Yiddish literary historical past.

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In phrases Iike "whoever you are and wherever you may be," Gordon imagines what might be called an "unreliable audience," one whose existence, even on the fictional level, is uncertain. In one stanza of the long poem, Gordon asks, For whom, then, do I toil, I the man [ani hagever], For the handful of remaining sons of Hebrew Who have not yet mocked the song of Zion? 0 who can foresee the future, who can tell me That I am not the last of Zion's poets And you, the last readers?! 27 Gordon's lament for the scarcity of Hebrew readers catalogs the different segments of the Jewish population who might have been expected to read Hebrew literature but nevertheless do not.

Yiddish writers commonly had to battle between this sense of mission and their resistance to working in a denigrated medium with a lowbrow audience. 22 Nevertheless, beginning with Altshuler, who explained that he had chosen Yiddish "because I thought I would have more customers this way," 23 Yiddish writers were unusually forthright about the economic advantages they enjoyed, commonly describing their work in terms of the bookselling (Abramovitsh) or merchandising (Sholem Aleichem) business rather than in the sublime vocabulary of artistic expression.

And his vision of the Hebrew writers as lost in a deep sleep (presumably of a two thousand-year duration) suggests that age and a royal lineage may be insufficient for contemporary literary needs, and the younger, more agile Yiddish can perform where Hebrew cannot. Mendele's borrowing of the biblical boast also reactivates the physical dimension of the allusion. In drawing our attention to the physical connections between one-half of the comparison {the finger) and the act of writing, Mendele also invites a literal and vulgar reading of the other half of his comparison (the penis), as if the size of the male sexual organ were an important aspect of literary composition!

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