Journeys beyond the Pale: Yiddish Travel Writing in the Modern World (Hardcover)

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Journeys beyond the Pale is the first book to examine how Yiddish writers, from Mendele Moycher Sforim to Der Nister to the famed Sholem Aleichem, used motifs of travel to express their complicated relationship with modernization.  The story of the Jews of the Pale of settlement encompasses current-day Russia, the Ukraine, Belarus, and Poland. 

Praise For…

"This book is deliciously subversive. Garrett demonstrates that the major writers in Yiddish, a language without its own territory, wrote as if their Jewish subjects lived and traveled freely at the center of the world; not on its margins, not in a ghetto, not in a valorized state of exile."—David G. Roskies, Jewish Theological Seminary

"Garrett’s work goes a long way towards conceptualizing and analyzing a phenomenon omnipresent in Yiddish short stories, novels, poetry, and drama, combining theoretical considerations of the journey in general and specific, nuanced readings of Jewish journeys in particular."—Jeremy Dauber, Columbia University

"This kind of scholarship is vital for the further progress in Yiddish studies and its integration into the mainstream humanities."—Mikhail Krutikov, Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies and author of Yiddish Fiction and the Crisis of Modernity, 1905–1914

Product Details
ISBN: 9780299184407
Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
Publication Date: February 3rd, 2003
Pages: 240