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Decade of Discovery Women in Translation Month
In honor of Women in Translation month, we're spotlighting items from our collections that showcase the work of Yiddish women writers and their translators. Women writing in Yiddish created work in all genres—from poetry, short stories, and essays to literary and cultural criticism, autobiography, and more—and the topics that they chose to write about were equally wide-ranging. The selections here include a lecture series from scholar Anita Norich about Yiddish women writers, an interview with the Yiddish writer Chava Rosenfarb's daughter and translator, and three selected excerpts from memoirs by Yiddish women writers—Klara Klebanova, Chava Rosenfarb, Rokhl Faygnberg—featured in the fall 2019 issue of Pakn Treger.
Handpicked Sophia Shoulson
Sophia Shoulson is an alumna of the Steiner Summer Yiddish Program and a former Yiddish Book Center Fellow; she was also the 2019–2020 Richard S. Herman Fellow at the Yiddish Book Center. Over the past few years, Sophia has unearthed many great finds from our collections. Here are a few of her favorites.
The Yiddish Torah—From the Unquiet Pages Online Exhibit
I'm very excited about the Center's new Unquiet Pages online exhibit, which provides more opportunities to access some of the Yiddish Book Center's resources remotely. The relationship between Yiddish and the Torah is fascinating and particularly rich for someone like me, whose interests have been trending earlier and earlier in the history of the Yiddish language
"Love! Vengeance! Espionage!" Shund Stories Escape a Fire, By Elissa Sperling
When Elissa Sperling recounts the history of a selection of shund (pulp) stories which survived a fire and made their way to our collection, I think she points to a interesting question about the relativity of value. Shund literature was mass-produced cheaply and generally derided by the intelligentsia. Now, it's one of the rarest genres in our collection.
Glückel of Hameln: The Life of an Early Modern Jewish Woman, Teacher Resource Kit
Julie Rezmovic-Tonti and Jessica Kirzane's resource kit provides some excellent background and guidance for reading the memoirs of Glückel of Hameln. Glückel's memoirs are a true treasure trove of information about Jewish women's lives in 17th century Europe, which are further enriched by the inclusion of resources such as the excerpt from Zohar Weiman-Kelman's oral history.