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Wisse, Ruth R.

Works: 68 works in 197 publications in 2 languages and 9,091 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Fiction  Biography  Humor  History  Poetry  Historical fiction  Autobiographical fiction 
Roles: Compiler, Honoree, Author of introduction, Editor, Speaker
Classifications: PN6149.J4, 839.0933
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Most widely held works by Ruth R Wisse
The best of Sholom Aleichem by Sholem Aleichem ( Book )
13 editions published between 1979 and 1991 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,231 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A superb collectiion of stories that rank with the best not only of folk literature, but of all literature
The schlemiel as modern hero by Ruth R Wisse ( Book )
10 editions published between 1971 and 1980 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,097 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The Penguin book of modern Yiddish verse by Irving, et. al Howe ( Book )
7 editions published between 1987 and 1988 in English and Yiddish and held by 680 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The modern Jewish canon : a journey through language and culture by Ruth R Wisse ( Book )
11 editions published between 2000 and 2003 in English and held by 679 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The author examines Jewish language and culture as seen through Jewish literature and looks at the characteristics which make a book "Jewish"
An introduction to The shawl by Cynthia Ozick by Adam Kampe ( Recording )
4 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 676 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Discusses the theme and characters in Ozick's novel and includes excerpts from the book and background information on the author
The Glatstein chronicles by Jacob Glatstein ( )
6 editions published between 2010 and 2013 in English and held by 653 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In 1934, with World War II on the horizon, writer Jacob Glatstein (1896'1971) traveled from his home in America to his native Poland to visit his dying mother. One of the foremost Yiddish poets of the day, he used his journey as the basis for two highly autobiographical novellas (translated as The Glatstein Chronicles) in which he intertwines childhood memories with observations of growing anti-Semitism in Europe. Glatstein's accounts "stretch like a tightrope across a chasm," writes preeminent Yiddish scholar Ruth Wisse in the Introduction. In Book One, Homeward Bound, the narrator, Yash, recounts his voyage to his birthplace in Poland and the array of international travelers he meets along the way. Book Two, Homecoming at Twilight, resumes after his mother's funeral and ends with Yash's impending return to the United States, a Jew with an American passport who recognizes the ominous history he is traversing. The Glatstein Chronicles is at once insightful reportage of the year after Hitler came to power, a reflection by a leading intellectual on contemporary culture and events, and the closest thing we have to a memoir by the boy from Lublin, Poland, who became one of the finest poets of the twentieth century
Jews and power by Ruth R Wisse ( Book )
7 editions published between 2007 and 2013 in English and held by 589 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Taking in everything from the Kingdom of David to the Oslo Accords, Ruth Wisse offers a radical new way to think about the Jewish relationship to power. Traditional Jews believed that upholding the covenant with God constituted a treaty with the most powerful force in the universe; this later transformed itself into a belief that, unburdened by a military, Jews could pursue their religious mission on a purely moral plain. Wisse, an eminent professor of comparative literature at Harvard, demonstrates how Jewish political weakness both increased Jewish vulnerability to scapegoating and violence, and unwittingly goaded power-seeking nations to cast Jews as perpetual targets
The I.L. Peretz reader by Isaac Leib Peretz ( Book )
11 editions published between 1990 and 2002 in English and held by 540 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Library of Yiddish Classics. Glossary
A shtetl and other Yiddish novellas by Ruth R Wisse ( Book )
9 editions published between 1973 and 1986 in English and held by 463 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
No joke : making Jewish humor by Ruth R Wisse ( Book )
7 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 445 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Humor is the most celebrated of all Jewish responses to modernity. In this book, Ruth Wisse evokes and applauds the genius of spontaneous Jewish joking--as well as the brilliance of comic masterworks by writers like Heinrich Heine, Sholem Aleichem, Isaac Babel, S. Y. Agnon, Isaac Bashevis Singer, and Philip Roth. At the same time, Wisse draws attention to the precarious conditions that call Jewish humor into being--and the price it may exact from its practitioners and audience. Wisse broadly traces modern Jewish humor around the world, teasing out its implications as she explores memorable and telling examples from German, Yiddish, English, Russian, and Hebrew
If I am not for myself- : the liberal betrayal of the Jews by Ruth R Wisse ( Book )
2 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 351 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
For over a century, Jews have been identified with liberalism. Not only have they been a driving force behind the spread of liberal politics; they have also been steadfastly loyal to a doctrine that promised them both safety and political acceptance. Recent evidence suggests that their commitment has not waned. But while Jews continue to stand up for other groups and "vote their conscience," contends Ruth Wisse, the liberal commitment to the Jews is not nearly so strong. Whenever Jews have been attacked - from the trial of Captain Dreyfus to the sustained military and political war against Israel - liberals have been slow to defend Jewish rights and have preferred instead to hold the Jews responsible for the persistence of their enemies. The explanation for this liberal default, Wisse argues, is the survival and success of anti-Semitism. This irrational idea continues to flourish throughout the world, despite the destruction of the fascist and communist regimes that were its deadliest twentieth-century allies. Wisse points out that anti-Semitism's astonishing resilience has put liberals - including liberal Jews - in an impossible position. The only reasonable response to such a doctrine, Wisse insists, is not appeasement or avoidance, but steadfast confrontation and rejection. Yet such opposition is alien to liberal ideas of open-mindedness and strikes many as intolerant. Unwilling to suspend their optimistic view of man as a benevolent and rational being in order to combat a mortal enemy, most liberals - including many Jews - conclude that Jews themselves must be responsible for the continuing wars against them - thus implicitly condoning their sacrifice. Wisse's book, inspired by a friend's emigration to Israel, traces the Jewish romance with liberalism from its discovery by Jewish integrationists and Zionists to the acceptance today by many Jews of a moral equivalence between Zionism and the war against it. She also explores, among the many contradictions of modern Jewish politics, the ambiguous question of Jewish "chosenness," and the Jewish longing for acceptance in a larger human family; the successful Arab war of ideas against Israel; and the dilemma of Jewish writers and intellectuals who wish to transcend their parochializing siege. Above all, she shows how and why anti-Semitism became the twentieth century's most successful ideology and reveals what people in liberal democracies would have to do to prevent it from once again achieving its goal
I. L. Peretz and the making of modern Jewish culture by Ruth R Wisse ( Book )
6 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 319 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A little love in big Manhattan by Ruth R Wisse ( Book )
6 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 310 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Satan in Goray by Isaac Bashevis Singer ( Book )
3 editions published between 1996 and 2005 in English and held by 204 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Religious hysteria and violence break out in seventeenth century Poland when members of the sect of Sabbatai Zevi come to town
Sholem Aleichem laughing in the darkness ( Visual )
4 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 203 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A portrait of writer Sholem Aleichem, whose stories about Tevye the milkman became the basis of the Broadway musical Fiddler on the Roof. Aleichem (1859-1916) was a rebellious wordsmith who created a new genre of literature and used his remarkable humor to encapsulate the realities of the Eastern European Jewish world in the late nineteenth century. Using a rich collection of archival footage, the film recreates a time in czarist Russia when Jews were second-class citizens and frequent scapegoats in times of social and political unrest
Arguing the modern Jewish canon : essays on literature and culture in honor of Ruth R. Wisse ( Book )
5 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 203 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Sholem Aleichem and the art of communication by Ruth R Wisse ( Book )
7 editions published between 1979 and 1980 in English and held by 102 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Burnt pearls : ghetto poems of Abraham Sutzkever by Abraham Sutzkever ( Book )
5 editions published in 1981 in English and held by 98 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The poetry of Abraham Sutzkever the Vilno poet, reading in Yiddish by Abraham Sutzkever ( )
2 editions published between 1960 and 2001 in Yiddish and held by 62 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Some serious thoughts about Jewish humor by Ruth R Wisse ( Book )
4 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 31 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
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Wais, Rût 1936-
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English (125)
Yiddish (4)