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Never better! : the modern Jewish picaresque

Author: Miriam Udel
Publisher: Ann Arbor : University of Michigan Press, [2016] ©2016
Series: Michigan studies in comparative Jewish cultures.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Never better! : the modern Jewish picaresque
(OCoLC)930462835
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Miriam Udel
ISBN: 9780472121731 0472121731
OCLC Number: 948511612
Description: 1 online resource.
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.
Series Title: Michigan studies in comparative Jewish cultures.
Responsibility: Miriam Udel.

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Explores the polit ("fugitive"), a literary type - an "unheroic hero" - who is rather like the picaro ("rogue") from whom the Picaresque genre takes its name. Focusing primarily, but not exclusively,  Read more...

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An intellectually mature, subtle work that illuminates with the use of a vast array of primary and interpretive literature so many crucial moments in the shaping of modern Yiddish, Hebrew, German and Read more...

 
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