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The Resource Memoirs of a grandmother : scenes from the cultural history of the Jews of Russia in the nineteenth century, Pauline Wengeroff ; translated with an introduction, notes and commentary by Shulamit S. Magnus

Memoirs of a grandmother : scenes from the cultural history of the Jews of Russia in the nineteenth century, Pauline Wengeroff ; translated with an introduction, notes and commentary by Shulamit S. Magnus

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Memoirs of a grandmother : scenes from the cultural history of the Jews of Russia in the nineteenth century
Title
Memoirs of a grandmother
Title remainder
scenes from the cultural history of the Jews of Russia in the nineteenth century
Statement of responsibility
Pauline Wengeroff ; translated with an introduction, notes and commentary by Shulamit S. Magnus
Creator
Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
  • eng
  • ger
  • eng
Summary
  • "A stunning piece of work. Wengeroff's recreation of a life during the transition from traditional to modern Jewish culture in nineteenth-century Russia is engrossing, powerfully written, and often lyric. As a window into women's lives and women's perspective on their community's life, this is an almost unparalleled source. Magmus's commentary is brilliant: she has a fine eye for what needs to be annotated and is remarkably astute about the central themes of the memoir." --
  • Pauline Wengeroff, the only nineteenth-century Russian Jewish woman to publish a memoir, sets out to illuminate her times: to tell the "cultural history of the Jews of Russia" in the period of Jewish "enlightenment," when traditional Jewish culture began to disintegrate and Jews became modern. Wengcroff, a gifted writer and astute social observer, paints a rich portrait of both traditional and modernizing Jewish societies in an extraordinary way: by focusing on women and the family, and by offering a gendered account (and indictment) of modern Jewish assimilation. --
  • In Volume One of Memoirs of a Grandmother, Wengeroff depicts traditional Jewish society, including the religious culture of women, as modernity made inroads during the reign of Tsar Nicholas I, who wished "his" Jews to be acculturated, like those of Central and Western Europe. Using the experience of her own family---she had a fanatically religious mother phobic about modernity, a pious but open-minded father, and siblings chafing against traditionalism---Wengeroff provides rich insight into the ways that deep cultural change occurs and reveals the gendered and generational conflict that was an essential part of this change --
  • Wengeroff writes lovingly and longingly, although not uncritically, of traditional Judaism's values and lived tropes. She is the more interesting for doing so not as an orthodox opponent of "enlightenment," but as an adherent of it. Wengeroff displays a pronounced historical consciousness and is intent to use her memoirs to memorialize and help revive a culture that had unraveled. --Book Jacket
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Biography type
autobiography
Cataloging source
CSt/DLC
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1833-1916
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Wengeroff, Pauline
Dewey number
  • 305.892/404786
  • B
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
DS135.B383
LC item number
W46613 2010
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
1950-
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Magnus, Shulamit S.
Series statement
Stanford studies in Jewish history and culture
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Wengeroff, Pauline
  • Jews
  • Jews
  • Minsk (Belarus)
Label
Memoirs of a grandmother : scenes from the cultural history of the Jews of Russia in the nineteenth century, Pauline Wengeroff ; translated with an introduction, notes and commentary by Shulamit S. Magnus
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Translated from the German
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
426147433
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
2 volumes
Isbn
9780804768795
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2009029056
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
40018178857
Other physical details
illustrations, map
System control number
  • (OCoLC)426147433
  • (OCoLC)426147433
Label
Memoirs of a grandmother : scenes from the cultural history of the Jews of Russia in the nineteenth century, Pauline Wengeroff ; translated with an introduction, notes and commentary by Shulamit S. Magnus
Publication
Note
Translated from the German
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
426147433
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
2 volumes
Isbn
9780804768795
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2009029056
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
40018178857
Other physical details
illustrations, map
System control number
  • (OCoLC)426147433
  • (OCoLC)426147433

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