Sexual Politics of Language
Paula E. Hyman
Naomi Seidman. A Marriage Made in Heaven: The Sexual Politics of Hebrew and Yiddish. Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1997.
The culture war between Yiddish and Hebrew is long ended. The Nazi mass murder of the Yiddish-speaking masses of Poland, Romania, and Hungary, the forced (and voluntary) assimilation of Yiddish-speaking Jews in the new Soviet Union, and the abandonment of Yiddish by immigrants eager to make their way in their countries of resettlement combined to eliminate the social milieu in which Yiddish had flourished as a vehicle of literary creativity as well as the language of daily …