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Author Udel, Miriam,
Title Never better! : the modern Jewish picaresque / Miriam Udel.
Imprint Ann Arbor : University of Michigan Press, [2016]
2016

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Author Udel, Miriam,
Series Michigan studies in comparative Jewish cultures
Michigan studies in comparative Jewish cultures.
Subject Marginality, Social, in literature.
Yiddish literature -- History and criticism.
Jews in literature.
Outsiders in literature.
Picaresque literature -- Themes, motives.
Description 1 online resource.
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents In life, but not of it: the modernist picaresque -- Sharks and marks: the swindles and seductions of modernity -- Living serially: Neoteny and the polit -- The polit at the waning of Haskalah : demobilized soldiers, demobilized Jews -- Steel and iron: a study in Maskilic manhood -- Spillage and shards: the polit between the wars -- The polit under tsars and stripes -- You must to dare! Afterlives of the polit.
Summary It was only when Jewish writers gave up on the lofty Enlightenment ideals of progress and improvement that the Yiddish novel could decisively enter modernity. Animating their fictions were a set of unheroic heroes who struck a precarious balance between sanguinity and irony that author Miriam Udel captures through the phrase "never better." With this rhetorical homage toward the double-voiced utterances of Sholem Aleichem, Udel gestures at these characters' insouciant proclamation that things had never been better, and their rueful, even despairing admission that things would probably never ge.
ISBN 9780472121731 (electronic bk.)
0472121731 (electronic bk.)
9780472053056
9780472073054
0472073052
0472053051
OCLC # 948511612
Additional Format Print version: Never better! : the modern Jewish picaresque (OCoLC)930462835


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