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Allison Schachter
Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN 37240-0001)

Summer Stipends
Research Programs

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$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2008 – 8/31/2008

Geographies of Jewish Culture: Hebrew and Yiddish Modernism in New York

I will spend the summer researching New York as a center of Hebrew and Yiddish modernism during and after World War II, focusing on two central Hebrew and Yiddish poets of the period, Gabriel Preil and Kadia Molodowsky. This research is part of a larger book project, which examines the relationship between Jewish modernisms and the movement of Jewish culture from Eastern Europe to new centers in Western Europe, pre-state Palestine, and North America. I show how Jewish modernist writers engaged, translated, and revised modernist trends of their period, as they moved among diverse Jewish cultural centers. My research in New York and the study as a whole touch on central concerns of Jewish modernity, including changing gender roles, language choice, and national affiliations. My examination of Hebrew and Yiddish modernism explodes the boundaries of modernist studies, challenging the nationalist presumptions that continue to underlie our grasp of modernism.