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Imagining Russian Jewry : Memory, History, Identity - Steven J. Zipperstein

Imagining Russian Jewry

Memory, History, Identity

Paperback Published: 1st June 1999
ISBN: 9780295977904
Number Of Pages: 139
For Ages: 22+ years old

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This subtle, unusual book explores the many, often overlapping ways in which the Russian Jewish past has been remembered in history, in literature, and in popular culture. Drawing on a wide range of sources--including novels, plays, and archival material--Imagining Russian Jewry is a reflection on reading, collective memory, and the often uneasy, and also uncomfortably intimate, relationships that exist between seemingly incompatible ways of seeing the past. The book also explores what it means to produce scholarship on topics that are deeply personal: its anxieties, its evasions, and its pleasures.

Zipperstein, a leading expert in modern Jewish history, explores the imprint left by the Russian Jewish past on American Jews starting from the turn of the twentieth century, considering literature ranging from immigrant novels to Fiddler on the Roof. In Russia, he finds nostalgia in turn-of-the-century East European Jewry itself, in novels contrasting Jewish life in acculturated Odessa with the more traditional shtetls. The book closes with a provocative call for a greater awareness regarding how the Holocaust has influenced scholarship produced since the Shoah.

Acknowledgmentsp. x
Prologuep. 3
Shtetls There and Here: Imagining Russia in Americap. 15
Reinventing Hedersp. 41
Remapping Odessap. 63
On the Holocaust in the Writing of the East European Jewish Pastp. 87
Notesp. 107
Bibliographyp. 121
Indexp. 131
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ISBN: 9780295977904
ISBN-10: 0295977906
Series: Samuel and Althea Stroum Lectures in Jewish Studies (Paperback)
Audience: General
For Ages: 22+ years old
For Grades: 17+
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 139
Published: 1st June 1999
Publisher: University of Washington Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 14.07  x 1.04
Weight (kg): 0.2