[Mendele] Mendele Personal Notices & Announcements--New book by Marc Caplan
victor.bers at yale.edu
Tue Sep 13 20:22:27 EDT 2011
Mendele Personal Notices & Announcements
September 13, 2011
To save wear and tear on the untershames, please comply with these four
1. Send time-sensitive notices well in advance.
2. Send material as plain text: no HTML, other coding, or attachments.
3. Write MENDELE PERSONALS in the subject line.
4. To respond, contact the person who or organization which has posted the
notice, *not* your ever-beleaguered untershames.
Date: Mon, 5 Sep 2011 00:20:54 -0400
From: Andrew M Caplan <amc2201 at nyu.edu>
Subject: New book publication, September 2011
Marc Caplan: How Strange the Change: Language, Temporality, and Narrative
Form in Peripheral Modernisms
In this book, Marc Caplan argues that the literatures of ostensibly
marginal modern cultures are key to understanding modernism. Caplan
undertakes an unprecedented comparison of nineteenth-century Yiddish
literature and twentieth-century Anglophone and Francophone African
literature and reveals unexpected similarities between them. These
literatures were created under imperial regimes that brought with them
processes of modernization that were already well advanced elsewhere.
Yiddish and African writers reacted to the liberating potential of
modernity and the burdens of imperial authority by choosing similar
narrative genres, typically reminiscent of early-modern European
literatures: the picaresque, the pseudo-autobiography, satire, and the
Bildungsroman. Both display analogous anxieties toward language, caught as
they were between imperial, "global" languages and stigmatized native
vernaculars, and between traditions of writing and orality. Through
comparative readings of narratives by Reb Nakhman of Breslov, Amos
Tutuola, Yisroel Aksenfeld, Cheikh Hamidou Kane, Isaac Meyer Dik, Camara
Laye, Mendele Moykher-Sforim, Wole Soyinka, Y. Y. Linetski, and Ahmadou
Karouma, Caplan demonstrates that these literatures' "belated"
relationship to modernization suggests their potential to anticipate
subsequent crises in the modernity and post-modernity of metropolitan
cultures. This, in turn, leads him to propose a new theoretical model,
peripheral modernism, which incorporates both a new understanding of
"periphery" and "center" in modernity and a new methodology for
comparative literary criticism and theory.literary criticism and theory.
Marc Caplan is the Zelda and Myer Tandetnik Professor of Yiddish
Literature, Language, and Culture in the Department of German and Romance
Languages of the Johns Hopkins University.
For further information and ordering details please consult the Stanford
University Press website or Google.Books
Please do not use the "reply" key when writing to Mendele. Instead, direct
your mail as follows:
Material for Mendele Personal Notices & Announcements, i.e. anouncements
of events, commercial publications, requests to which responses should be
sent exclusively to the request's author, etc., always in plain text (no
HTML or the like) to:
victor.bers at yale.edu (in the subject line write Mendele Personal)
Material for postings to Mendele Yiddish literature and
language,i.e.inquiries and comments of a non-commercial or publicity
mendele at mailman.yale.edu
IMPORTANT: Please include your full name as you would like it to appear
in your posting. No posting will appear without its author's name.
Submissions to regular Mendele should not include personal email
addresses, as responses will be posted for all to read. They must also
include the author's name as you would like it to appear.
In order to spare the shamosim time and effort, we request that
contributors adhere, when applicable, as closely as possible to standard
English punctuation, grammar, etc. and to the YIVO rules of
transliteration into Latin letters. A guide to Romanization can be found
at this site:
All other messages should be sent to the shamosim at this address:
mendele at mailman.yale.edu
Mendele on the web: http://mendele.commons.yale.edu/
To join or leave the list:
More information about the Mendele