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Jewish Warsaw – Jewish Berlin

Literary Portrayal of the City in the First Half of the 20th Century

by Alina Molisak (Author)
Monographs 294 Pages

Summary

This book is a reflection on the Jewish presence in two European capitals, Warsaw and Berlin, in the first half of the 20th century. It was inspired by the works of Polish-Jewish, Yiddish and German-Jewish authors, as well as by the connections between urban spaces and the formation of different varieties of modern Jewish identity. The spotlight is cast on images preserved in literary works, namely those concerning separate Jewish neighborhoods and the sphere of cultural interethnic contacts. By attempting to restore the presence of Jewish inhabitants of both cities, destroyed by the Holocaust, it may become possible to see how the imagined communities of the time were created and preserved in the texts, even if, in reality, the metropolises were transformed into necropolises.

Details

Pages
294
ISBN (PDF)
9783631861684
ISBN (ePUB)
9783631862100
ISBN (MOBI)
9783631862117
ISBN (Book)
9783631861677
Language
English
Publication date
2021 (August)
Tags
modern Jewish identity urban spaces comparative perspective selected literatures diaspora culture european history
Published
Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Warszawa, Wien, 2021. 294 pp.

Biographical notes

Alina Molisak (Author)

Alina Molisak is Professor at the Faculty of Polish Studies, University of Warsaw. Her research interests concern Polish-Jewish literature, literature and the Shoah, and varieties of identity. She authored several books, including Judaism as Fate. The Matter of Bogdan Wojdowski ; and co-edited the following volumes: Polish and Hebrew Literature and National Identity ; Galician Polyphony. Places and Voices ; The Trilingual Literature of Polish Jews from Different Perspectives .

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