How the Soviet Jew Was Made

Carol J. Avins sees the scene as parodic, but for reasons other than its ethnic display, which she takes at face value: Carol J. Avins, “Jewish Ritual and Soviet Context in Two Stories of Isaac Babel,” in American Contributions to the ...

How the Soviet Jew Was Made

In post-1917 Russian and Yiddish literature, films, and reportage, Sasha Senderovich finds a new cultural figure: the Soviet Jew. Suddenly mobile after more than a century of restrictions under the tsars, Jewish authors created characters who traversed space and history, carrying with them the dislodged practices and archetypes of a lost world.

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