Jacob Gordin's Yiddish Drama
Gordin's life and his plays held out the tantalizing possibility that by changing the story of one's past, one could write one's own future. Through a detailed examination of Gordin's career in Russia, Barbara Henry dismantles the fictive radical background he invented for himself. In doing so, she illuminates the continuities among his Russian fiction and journalism, his work as a controversial Jewish religious reformer, and his Yiddish plays.
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"Well researched and artfully argued, Henry's Rewriting Russia is a long-overdue book on this major figure that establishes how Jacob Gordin created a rich and important interplay between Yiddish and Russian forms that elevated the literary status of both."—Leah Garrett, The Russian Review, June 2012
"This new and elegantly written literary history . . . provides a new model for literary history by expertly weaving together previously unexamined Tsarist-era archival records with insightful literary analysis of Gordon's major works."—Barry Trachtenberg, H-Net Reviews, March 2012
"A mold-breaking work of literary history as well as a brilliant analysis of literary text."—Jeremy Dauber, author of In the Demon's Bedroom: Yiddish Literature and the Early Modern
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