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A Rhetorical Conversation: Jewish Discourse in Modern Yiddish Literature
Contributor(s): Finkin, Jordan D. (Author)

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ISBN: 0271036303     ISBN-13: 9780271036304
Publisher: Penn State University Press
OUR PRICE: $82.90  

Binding Type: Hardcover - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: January 2010
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BISAC Categories:
- Foreign Language Study | Yiddish
- Literary Criticism | Jewish
Dewey: 439.1
LCCN: 2009037203
Physical Information: 0.8" H x 6.2" W x 9.2" L (1.05 lbs) 216 pages
- Ethnic Orientation - Jewish
Features: Bibliography, Dust Cover, Illustrated, Index, Table of Contents
Review Citations: Choice 09/01/2010
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Publisher Description:

This book is about Jewish language. The fact that Jews speak and write in distinctive ways is well known. (The journalist Mike Royko called it "Hebonics.") These forms of expression actually draw from many sources and have been employed in popular culture from Henry Roth's Call It Sleep to the novels of Saul Bellow to contemporary television. What has received less attention is what allowed these modern forms to flow from a rich body of Yiddish literature. This book fills that gap by exploring the language of modern Yiddish literature, addressing emblematically why Jews answer a question with a question. Through a series of case studies, A Rhetorical Conversation explores various distinctive aspects of Yiddish literature to explain the nature and importance of Jewish discourse: the way of speaking, writing, arguing, and thinking developed by Yiddish culture based on prolonged and intimate contact with traditional texts.

Contributor Bio(s): Finkin, Jordan D.: - Jordan D. Finkin is Cowley Lecturer in Post-Biblical Hebrew at the University of Oxford.
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