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Rewriting Russia: Jacob Gordin’s Yiddish Drama by Barbara Henry (review)

Rewriting Russia: Jacob Gordin’s Yiddish Drama by Barbara Henry (review) rewriting ruSSia: JacoB gordin'S yiddiSH draMa BarBara HeNrY seattle aNd loNdoN: uNiversitY of wasHiNGtoN press, 2011, 229 pp. $35.00 paperBack, $75.00 Hardcover When Jacob Gordin died in 1909, thousands lined the streets of New York's Lower East Side to witness his funeral parade. This sea of mourners came to pay their respects to the Yiddish dramatist who had reshaped their beloved theater. Gordin was a controversial figure, a fiery Russian activist and artist whose significance to the Yiddish theater cannot be underestimated. His importance has since earned him such monikers as the Yiddish Shakespeare, the Yiddish Goethe, and the Reformer of the Yiddish Stage. However, as Barbara Henry's new work, Rewriting Russia: Jacob Gordin's Yiddish Drama, makes clear, our understanding of the man and his work is incomplete. Henry has done a service in rekindling the conversation regarding this iconoclast by constructing a new image of Gordin based on exhaustive archival work. For those not familiar with Gordin, Rewriting Russia will serve as a worthy introduction to a prolific writer who, as the book highlights, represents a pivotal intersection between Russian literary traditions and the early Jewish-American diaspora community. Henry's monograph functions on two basic levels. Her first http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Studies in American Jewish Literature Penn State University Press

Rewriting Russia: Jacob Gordin’s Yiddish Drama by Barbara Henry (review)

Studies in American Jewish Literature , Volume 33 (2) – Aug 27, 2014

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rewriting ruSSia: JacoB gordin'S yiddiSH draMa BarBara HeNrY seattle aNd loNdoN: uNiversitY of wasHiNGtoN press, 2011, 229 pp. $35.00 paperBack, $75.00 Hardcover When Jacob Gordin died in 1909, thousands lined the streets of New York's Lower East Side to witness his funeral parade. This sea of mourners came to pay their respects to the Yiddish dramatist who had reshaped their beloved theater. Gordin was a controversial figure, a fiery Russian activist and artist whose significance to the Yiddish theater cannot be underestimated. His importance has since earned him such monikers as the Yiddish Shakespeare, the Yiddish Goethe, and the Reformer of the Yiddish Stage. However, as Barbara Henry's new work, Rewriting Russia: Jacob Gordin's Yiddish Drama, makes clear, our understanding of the man and his work is incomplete. Henry has done a service in rekindling the conversation regarding this iconoclast by constructing a new image of Gordin based on exhaustive archival work. For those not familiar with Gordin, Rewriting Russia will serve as a worthy introduction to a prolific writer who, as the book highlights, represents a pivotal intersection between Russian literary traditions and the early Jewish-American diaspora community. Henry's monograph functions on two basic levels. Her first

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Studies in American Jewish LiteraturePenn State University Press

Published: Aug 27, 2014

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