The Afterlife of Diasporic Modernism in Postwar New York

Allison Schachter

in Diasporic Modernisms

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780199812639
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199919413 | DOI:
The Afterlife of Diasporic Modernism in Postwar New York

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This chapter examines post-1948 afterlife of diasporic Jewish modernism in New York, focusing on the collaborative efforts of two important modernist poets and critics—Kadia Molodowsky and Gabriel Preil—in Molodowsky’s postwar Yiddish literary journal, Svive (Surroundings). Both Kadia Molodowsky and Gabriel Preil confronted the postwar transformation of Jewish-language culture, while taking part in New York Jewish literary culture. The chapter looks at Preil’s diasporic Hebrew and Yiddish poetics in relationship to Molodowsky’s literary journal Svive. Molodowsky’s journal, like Preil’s poetry, embraced an ideology of diasporic multilingualism that sought to incorporate Israeli culture into a larger, multilingual Jewish literary system, one that would deterritorialize Hebrew from the national center and preserve the creative impulses of diasporic multilingualism.

Keywords: New York; Svive; Kadia Molodowsky; Gabriel Preil; diaspora; Jewish; Hebrew; Yiddish; modernism; poetry; mutlilingualism

Chapter.  13514 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literature

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