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The Urban Literary Café and the Geography of Hebrew and Yiddish Modernism in Europe

Shachar Pinsker

in The Oxford Handbook of Global Modernisms

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780195338904
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195338904.013.0018

Series: Oxford Handbooks

 The Urban Literary Café and the Geography of Hebrew and Yiddish Modernism in Europe

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One of the best and most productive ways to grasp the problem of location in Hebrew and Yiddish modernism is through the prism of the urban European café. Cafés help chart the geography and spatial history of European modernism writ large, and they illuminate key aspects of modernity and modernism in general. This article discusses the cultural and literary significance of particular cafés, and three specific cities in which Hebrew and Yiddish interacted with other transnational modernisms: Odessa, Vienna, and Berlin. Before turning to café culture in these cities, it also sketches the historical specificity of Hebrew and Yiddish literature, and places Hebrew and Yiddish modernism in relation to mainstream European modernism.

Keywords: Hebrew modernism; Yiddish modernism; European café; European modernism; transnational modernisms; Odessa; Vienna; Berlin; café culture

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Subjects: Literature ; Literary Theory and Cultural Studies ; Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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