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Arguing the Modern Jewish Canon

Arguing the Modern Jewish Canon

Essays on Literature and Culture in Honor of Ruth R. Wisse

Edited by Justin Daniel Cammy, Dara Horn, Alyssa Quint, and Rachel Rubinstein

ISBN 9780674025851

Publication date: 01/15/2009

Over the past four decades Ruth R. Wisse has been a leading scholar of Yiddish and Jewish literary studies in North America, and one of our most fearless public intellectuals on issues relating to Jewish society, culture, and politics. In this celebratory volume, edited by four of her former students, Wisse’s colleagues take as a starting point her award-winning book The Modern Jewish Canon (2000) and explore an array of topics that touch on aspects of Yiddish, Hebrew, Israeli, American, European, and Holocaust literature.

Arguing the Modern Jewish Canon brings together writers both seasoned and young, from both within and beyond the academy, to reflect the diversity of Wisse’s areas of expertise and reading audiences. The volume also includes a translation of one of the first modern texts on the question of Jewish literature, penned in 1888 by Sholem Aleichem, as well as a comprehensive bibliography of Wisse’s scholarship. In its richness and heft, Arguing the Modern Jewish Canon itself constitutes an important scholarly achievement in the field of modern Jewish literature.


  • Justin Daniel Cammy is Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies at Smith College.
  • Dara Horn is the author of the novels In the Image and The World to Come.
  • Alyssa Quint is Professor of Jewish Literature, Princeton University.
  • Rachel Rubinstein is Jeremiah Kaplan Visiting Assistant Professor of Jewish-American Literature and Culture, Hampshire College.

Book Details

  • 750 pages
  • 6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches
  • Harvard University Center for Jewish Studies