<i>Yevreyi</i> and <i>Zhidy</i>

Richard Taruskin

in On Russian Music

Published by University of California Press

Published in print December 2008 | ISBN: 9780520249790
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520942806 | DOI:
Yevreyi and Zhidy

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This chapter posits that communal solidarity, ethnic kinship, and cultural identification are elements which influence appraisal, by way of consumption, of certain cultural elements. Hyphenated identity in places other than one's original homeland can substantially influence, or in the least change, one's experiences of cultural consumption. The Russian empire acquired its Jews not through immigration, the way America did, but through annexation. Solzhenitsyn chose the year 1795 as the starting point for his history because that was the year of the third Polish partition, when the eastern portion of the Polish kingdom, the portion most heavily settled by Jews, was finally swallowed up by Russia.

Keywords: kinship; hyphenated identity; Solzhenitsyn; Polish partition; immigration; America

Chapter.  5912 words. 

Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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