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American Yiddish Poetry: A Bilingual Anthology by Benjamin Harshav, Barbara Harshav

By Benjamin Harshav, Barbara Harshav

Offers details at the Yiddish language and literature, describes poetic kinds, and gathers poems in Yiddish and English by way of seven of the easiest Jewish American poets.

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Adam reflects on the connectedness of the nation-space as intrinsically linked to and part of a connectedness of national community, stating that he likes the feeling of a landscape that has depth and distance – ‘a bit of a hill, and [to] see the fields for miles round me’; he follows that this ‘makes you feel the world’s a big place, and there’s other men working in it with their heads and hands beside yourself’ (p. 131). Here, Adam situates himself simultaneously as part of a geographical place and of a social community in such a way that three scales of place are experienced at 34 Mobility in the Victorian Novel once: the distinct local place of the fields and trees around him, the wider region visible from vantage-points, and the national community that, as per Benedict Anderson’s formulation, is imagined as existing in the space beyond.

408), reaching its culmination in the destination of her first stage of travelling when, at Windsor, she faints (p. 409). The narrative connects the wearied state to the plotting-out of nation-space through various markers: her first bout of weariness corresponds with arriving at a milestone, where the narrator first reflects on the ‘different sort of fatigue’ of long walks ‘from that of household activity’ to which Hetty is more ‘accustomed’ (p. 405). ’ (p. 407). ’ neatly encapsulates this dual sense of space, locating her body and its capability to ‘work’ or exert itself directly in relation to an understanding of the largeness of ‘the world’ (p.

407). ’ neatly encapsulates this dual sense of space, locating her body and its capability to ‘work’ or exert itself directly in relation to an understanding of the largeness of ‘the world’ (p. 407). 38 Hetty’s walk serves a doubly important function in the narrative’s construct of space: it opens up the narrative to a wider mapping-out of the nation-space – one which is distinct in the use of real, recognisable English locations – and it delineates a distinct connectivity between the travelling body and space traversed through the walking journey.

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