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Daughters of Tradition : women in Yiddish Culture in the 16th-18th Centuries

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Ramos-González, Alicia

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Abstract This article focuses on the cultural world of Jewish women in Eastern Europe between the 16th century and the beginning of the 19th century. It reveals the extent to which Yiddish language and literature were a means of gaining knowledge for such women. This is because Yiddish - a Jewish language that developed around 1000 years ago among the Jews living in Ashkenaz - was the language of the people, of ordinary life, of business and social relations, and also of the home and the kitchen. It was the language of female spaces, stigmatized by its ‘humble’ associations with women and uncultivated persons. In turn, Yiddish literature was closely associated with women and a female readership.
Keywords gender; religion
Classification Cultural Sociology, Sociology of Art, Sociology of Literature; Sociology of Communication, Sociology of Language, Sociolinguistics; Women's Studies, Feminist Studies, Gender Studies
Free Keywords Jewish women; literature; Yiddish;
Document language English
Publication Year 2005
Page/Pages p. 213-226
Journal European Journal of Women's Studies, 12 (2005) 2
Status Postprint; peer reviewed
Licence PEER Licence Agreement (applicable only to documents from PEER project)