In Their Surroundings

Localizing Modern Jewish Literatures in Eastern Europe

From the second half of the nineteenth century through to World War II, Eastern Europe, especially the territories that formerly made up the Pale of Settlement in the Tsarist Empire, witnessed a Jewish cultural blossoming that went hand-in-hand with a multifaceted literary productivity in the Hebrew and Yiddish languages. Accompanied and sometimes directly affected by the dramatic political ruptures of the era, many authors experimented with various modernist poetics in the context of a culturally and literarily closely interwoven milieu. This rich illustrated catalogue presents for the first time some of the key figures of the era, including in each case a portrait of the author and a close reading of selected texts, including Yosef Ḥayim Brenner, Leah Goldberg, Moyshe Kulbak, and Deborah Vogel. Of particular interest here is the productive entanglement of cultures and literatures, of cultural contact and transfer, and the significance of space and place for the development of modern Jewish literatures.

With contributions by

Frieder von Ammon (Leipzig) • Sivan Beskin (Tel Aviv) • Naomi Brenner (Columbus, Oh.) • Efrat Gal-Ed (Düsseldorf) • Natasha Gordinsky (Haifa) • Matan Hermoni (Be'er Sheva) • Roni Henig (New York) • Sabine Koller (Regensburg) • Enrico Lucca (Leipzig) • Anastasiya V. Lyubas (Toronto) • Anna Maja Misiak (Bern) • Svetlana Natkovich (Jerusalem) • Werner Nell (Kingston, Ont.) • Lilah Nethanel (Ramat Gan) • Dekel Shay Schory (Be'er Sheva) • Rafael Tsirkin-Sadan (Ra’anana) • Daria Vakhrushova (Düsseldorf) • Gil Weissblei (Jerusalem) • Annette Wolf (Berlin) • Tetyana Yakovleva (San Diego, Calif.)

278 pp, with 56 black-white and 25 colored figs.,

Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 1st edition 2023, 2022

From January 2023 also in book format

Free of charge, Open Access
ISBN: 978-3-666-30611-2 (digital)

ISBN: 978-3-525-30611-6 (print)
Price: 50,00