[Mendele] Mendele Personal Notices & Announcements--Call for Papers: Women on the Yiddish Stage

Victor Bers victor.bers at yale.edu
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Mendele Personal Notices and Announcements

Jan. 5, 2018

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This is a call for papers for a volume of essays and translated historical
documents (mostly memoirs) tentatively entitled Women on the Yiddish Stage
co-edited by Alyssa Quint (YIVO) and Amanda (Miryem-Khaye) Seigel (NYPL).
We welcome the submission of any paper that intersects with this basic
topic including the treatment of women in plays as well as papers on women
playwrights, comedians, set designers, composers, lyricists or
choreographers. The aim of the volume is to revise our history of the
modern Yiddish theater by recovering the lives of its women with detail and
dimension, and to see the theater anew through the lens of their
experiences. It is also meant to be a resource for interested parties in
and beyond the field of modern Yiddish theater including performers as well
as scholars and students of Theater Studies, Jewish Studies, and Women's
Studies. We welcome work on socio-historical topics, like, for instance, a
study of female theater-goers or, perhaps, a social profile of women
actors. Already included in the volume are treatments of the actresses Ida
Kaminska, Klara Segalovtish, Bertha Kalich, and Bina Abramovitsh.

The volume will also feature a section of excerpted memoirs that, so far,
include those of Chayele Grober and Bertha Kalich. For those interested, we
also seek translators for excerpts of memoirs including those by
Esther-Rokhl Kaminska. These excerpts have already been selected and all
exist in typed and readable Yiddish. First-time translators are welcome.


Submission topics with (minimally) a one-paragraph précis of the paper are
due by March 2, 2018. A draft is due by June 15, 2018. Final papers are due
August 23, 2018. Submissions should be approximately 7500 words and will be
submitted to peer review.

Prospective authors are welcome to be in touch with questions and ideas.

Contact: Alyssa Quint - alyssaquint at gmail.com , Amanda (Miryem-Khaye)
Seigel - amandaseigel at nypl.org

Amanda (Miryem-Khaye) Seigel
Dorot Jewish Division, Room 111
The New York Public Library
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