[Mendele] Mendele Personal Notices & Announcements--Call for articles on Polish Jewry on Jewish Writing in Poland
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Date: Fri, 4 Nov 2011 14:38:44 +0100 (CET)
From: Monika Adamczyk-Garbowska <mag at poczta.umcs.lublin.pl>
Subject: Call for articles for volume 28 of Polin: Studies in Polish-Jewry
on Jewish Writing in Poland
In a path-breaking article "Hebrew-Yiddish-Polish: A Trilingual Jewish
Culture"published in 1989 in The Jews of Poland Between Two World Wars
Chone Shmeruk argued that [i]n addition to the traditional religious
culture that was still predominant in Poland between the two world wars,
three modern post-Enlightenment cultural systems existed among Polish
Jewry. They were generally distinguished by linguistic and ideological
characteristics. The cultural systems in the Jewish languages--Hebrew and
Yiddish--were usually identified with defined Jewish nationalist
ideologies. Hebrew culture relied on Zionist ideology, whereas modern
Yiddish secular culture was built primarily by Bundists and their
adherents, and to a lesser extent by Zionist socialists, Folkists, and
those Jewish communists who did not advocate the assimilation of Jews.
Alongside these two cultural systems, there also existed a Polish cultural
system in which the striving for Jewish self-preservation [was] less
apparent Shmeruk distinguished between the thin stratum of Polish
intelligentsia of Jewish descent, including renowned Polish writers, who
were totally assimilated into Polish culture and identified themselves as
Poles--even despite certain sporadic expressions of Jewish
self-identification to which they were pushed by hostile forces over which
they had no control and those Jews whose exclusive or partial cultural
language was Polish but who were either Zionist in ideology or
nonaffiliated and politically apathetic and who certainly never denied
their Jewish identity.
The true and great power of this culture lay not in isolation of these
linguistic areas but in their interaction, an interaction that included
the traditional religious cultural system as well. The full picture of the
culture of Polish Jews can only be perceived by approaching it as a
polysystem in which the power of its components comes from the force of
their mutual, dynamic interaction, and not in their isolation.
Research on trilingual Jewish culture in Poland has advanced since Shmeruk
wrote his article, but some issues still wait to be examined. In this
volume of Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry, we should like to investigate
writers from each of these groups in order to examine how they saw their
Jewish (and sometimes Polish) identity and what they thought of the
writers in the other linguistic or cultural camps. We will use the
interwar years as the reference point, but would also like to include
material on the period before the first world war and after 1945 until
today. We invite contributions in English, Polish, Yiddish or Hebrew and
we will translate those not in English.
Preliminary proposals, approximately one page long should be sent to
Monika Adamczyk-Garbowska mag at poczta.umcs.lublin.pl by 31 December 2011.
The editors of the volume:
Monika Adamczyk-Garbowska, Maria Curie-Skodowska-University, Lublin
Antony Polonsky, Brandeis University, Waltham, Mass.
Eugenia Prokop-Janiec, Jagiellonian University, Krakow
Sawomir urek, John Paul II Catholic University, Lublin
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