The Rise of the Modern Yiddish Theater
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About the Author
Alyssa Quint is Vilna Collections Scholar-in-Residence at YIVO Institute of Jewish Research. She is editor (with Justin Daniel Cammy, Dara Horn, and Rachel Rubinstein) of Arguing the Modern Jewish Canon. She is also a member of the Digital Yiddish Theatre Project.
Quint arms herself with extensive research, using sources in Yiddish, Russian, and Hebrew, to reassess the late nineteenth-century Russian Jewish experience from the vantage point of the Yiddish theater as it evolved into a thriving cultural institution. She surveys the content of their performances; describes the lives of the actors, writers, and directors; and explores critics' and audiences' responses to their productions. The Rise of the Modern Yiddish Theater teems with fascinating information that deepens our understanding of how the professional Yiddish theater coalesced, and the role it played in the social life of the late nineteenth-century Russian Jewish city.--Joel Berkowitz, Professor of Foreign Languages and Literature, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee