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The Origins of Modern Literary Yiddish$
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Dov-Ber Kerler

Print publication date: 1993

Print ISBN-13: 9780198151661

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198151661.001.0001

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Yiddish as a Literary Language

Yiddish as a Literary Language

3 Yiddish as a Literary Language
The Origins of Modern Literary Yiddish

Dov-Ber Kerler

Oxford University Press

Although the word language is always loosely connected with speech, literature is an entirely different form. It relies more heavily on style and technique, and is more artful and fluid in structure. Again, European and Western influences are mentioned; however, strong traditions such as taysh have held rigid standards among Yiddish authors. With the fiercely growing and developing world, the need for change could not be contained, and the age of modern literature began. This chapter describes and enumerates the various elements that have shaped Yiddish literature as it is today. Religious movements and the times of oppression for the Jewish people are some of the triggers that provoked this change. Clearly, literature adapts and molds into the needs and experiences of the people.

Keywords:   style, traditions, oppression, change, art

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