"At the turn of the twentieth century East European Jews underwent a radical cultural transformation, which turned a traditional religious community into a modern nation, struggling to find its place in the world. An important figure in this 'Jewish Renaissance' was the American-Yiddish writer and activist Joseph Opatoshu (1886-1954). Born into a Hassidic family, he spent his early childhood in a forest in Central Poland, was educated in Russia and studied engineering in France and America. In New York, where he emigrated in 1907, he joined the revitalizing modernist group Di yunge - The Young. His early novels painted a vivid picture of social turmoil and inner psychological conflict, using modernist devices of multiple voices and mixed linguistic idioms. He acquired international fame by his historical novels about the Polish uprising of 1863 and the expulsion of Jews from Regensburg in 1519. Though he was translated into several languages, Yiddish writing always fostered his ideas and ideals of Jewish identity. Although he occupied a key position in the transnational Jewish culture during his lifetime, Opatoshu has until recently been neglected by scholars. This volume brings together literary specialists and historians working in Jewish and Slavic Studies, who analyse Opatoshu's quest for modern Jewish identity from different perspectives. The contributors are Shlomo Berger (Amsterdam), Marc Caplan (Baltimore, MD), Gennady Estraikh (New York), Roland Gruschka (Heidelberg), Ellie Kellman (Boston), Sabine Koller (Regensburg), Mikhail Krutikov (Ann Arbor, MI), Joshua Lambert (Amherst, MA), Harriet Murav (Urbana-Champaign, IL), Avrom Novershtern (Jerusalem), Dan Opatoshu (Los Angeles), Eugenia Prokop-Janiec (Krakow), Jan Schwarz (Lund), Astrid Starck (Basel/Mulhouse), Karolina Szymaniak (Krakow) and Evita Wiecki (Munich)."

chapter 1|17 pages

Joseph Opatoshu's Search for Yidishkayt

ByGennady Estraikh, Sabine Koller, Mikhail Krutikov

chapter 2|17 pages

In New York Velder

Yosef/Joseph Opatoshu — Constructing a Multinational, 20th Century, (very) Modern Yiddish Identity
ByDan Opatoshu

chapter 3|20 pages

Soviet Dreams of a Cultural Exile

ByGennady Estraikh

chapter 5|18 pages

The Two Souls of Mordkhe: In poylishe velder

BySabine Koller

chapter 6|11 pages

In poylishe velder and The Brothers Karamazov: A Comparative Study

ByHarriet Murav

chapter 8|15 pages

A tog in Regensburg and Elye Bokher

Opatoshu's 1933 Vision of Early Yiddish and Medieval Ashkenazi Culture, his Scholarly-Yiddishist Models, and Means of Representation
ByRoland Gruschka

chapter 9|10 pages

A tog in Regensburg: Scholarly Research and a Novel's Outline

ByShlomo Berger

chapter 10|23 pages

The Flesh and the Spirit: Opatoshu's novel Di tentserin (The Dancer)

ByAvraham Novershtern

chapter 11|12 pages

Cityscapes of Yidishkayt: Opatoshu's New York Trilogy

ByMikhail Krutikov

chapter 12|12 pages

Opatoshu's Eroticism, American Obscenity

ByJosh Lambert

chapter 14|16 pages

Mentshn un khayes (1938): Snapshots of Jewish life in America and Europe

ByAstrid Starck-Adler

chapter 15|16 pages

Literature for Children? The Case of Joseph Opatoshu

ByEvita Wiecki

chapter 16|35 pages

Bibliography of Joseph Opatoshu

ByHolger Nath