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Isaac Bashevis Singer, Translation, and Ghost World Literature

Saul Noam Zaritt

in Jewish American Writing and World Literature: Maybe to Millions, Maybe to Nobody

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9780198863717
eISBN:
9780191896101
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198863717.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This chapter offers an account of Isaac Bashevis Singer’s translation practices, from the beginning of his career in interwar Poland to his rise to fame in the postwar period. Like Asch, Bashevis ... More


The Frankist Novels of Isaac Bashevis Singer

Ezra Mendelsohn

in Studies in Contemporary Jewry: XII: Literary Strategies: Jewish Texts and Contexts

Published in print:
1997
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195112030
eISBN:
9780199854608
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195112030.003.0006
Subject:
History, History of Religion

This chapter discusses the two Frankist novels of Isaac Bashevis Singer, which are largely unknown even to literary scholars, aiming to make some contribution to a more comprehensive study of the ... More


Farewell, Spinoza: I. B. Singer and the Tragicomedy of the Jewish Spinozist

Daniel B. Schwartz

in The First Modern Jew: Spinoza and the History of an Image

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691142913
eISBN:
9781400842261
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691142913.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

This chapter analyzes the Spinoza image in the work of Yiddish writer and Nobel laureate Isaac Bashevis Singer (1904–1991) in three stages. First, relying primarily on Singer's autobiographical ... More


Translation and Assimilation: Singer in America

in Faithful Renderings: Jewish-Christian Difference and the Politics of Translation

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226745053
eISBN:
9780226745077
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226745077.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter examines the English translations of Singer's work, focusing particularly on “Gimpel the Fool,” Singer's first short story to be translated, and “Zeidlus the Pope.” The English versions ... More


The Perils of Translation: Isaac Bashevis Singer in English and Hebrew

Ezra Mendelsohn

in Studies in Contemporary Jewry: XII: Literary Strategies: Jewish Texts and Contexts

Published in print:
1997
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195112030
eISBN:
9780199854608
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195112030.003.0013
Subject:
History, History of Religion

This chapter reviews the literary texts of Isaac Bashevis Singer, one of Yiddish literature's greatest figures and the winner of a Nobel prize, who died in Miami, Florida, in 1991. It examines two of ... More


Pessimism, Jewish Style: Jews Reading Schopenhauer from Freud to Bellow

Jonathan Freedman

in The Jewish Decadence: Jews and the Aesthetics of Modernity

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
January 2022
ISBN:
9780226580920
eISBN:
9780226581118
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226581118.003.0006
Subject:
Society and Culture, Jewish Studies

Intellectual and literary Jews across the twentieth century were inspired by the notoriously pessimistic and anti-Semitic Arthur Schopenhauer, but transformatively, such that they remade him for ... More


Review Essays

Tomasz Gąsowski

in Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 10: Jews in Early Modern Poland

Published in print:
1997
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781874774310
eISBN:
9781800340671
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781874774310.003.0013
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter highlights four review essays. It looks at a debate between Tomasz Gąsowski and the late Artur Eisenbach on the latter's book on Jewish emancipation in Poland. Eisenbach's reply ... More


Lost Landscapes: In Search of the Jews of Poland,

Agata TuszyńSka and Madeline Levine

in Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry Volume 13: Focusing on the Holocaust and its Aftermath

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781874774600
eISBN:
9781800340701
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781874774600.003.0046
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter reviews Agata Tuszyńska's book Lost Landscapes: In Search of the Jews in Poland (1998). In Lost Landscapes, Tuszyńska pulls together diverse threads: a literary and historical ... More


Conflicting Identities

Doris Kadish

in The Secular Rabbi: Philip Rahv and Partisan Review

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
September 2021
ISBN:
9781800859661
eISBN:
9781800852280
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781800859661.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter traces Rahv’s role in forming the canon of 20th century Jewish writing: to use his words, works by writers of Jewish descent. It considers his championing of Franz Kafka, Isaac Bashevis ... More


The Ballroom: Questions of Admission and Exclusion

Sonia Gollance

in It Could Lead to Dancing: Mixed-Sex Dancing and Jewish Modernity

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
September 2021
ISBN:
9781503613492
eISBN:
9781503627802
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9781503613492.003.0005
Subject:
Society and Culture, Jewish Studies

Participation in social dancing was an important marker in the Jewish process of embourgeoisement. European Jewish literary texts portray the ballroom as site for testing Jewish admission to elite ... More


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