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Steinschneider and Yiddish

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In this chapter, the author argues that while Steinschneider indeed resented late (post-sixteenth- and seventeenth-century) Yiddish, he did have a positive view of the earlier periods with regard to the language and its literature. In Eastern Europe the century would witness an incredible flowering of secular Yiddish culture, unique in its size and scope. Steinschneider himself worked extensively with the literary productions of Western Yiddish, often for bibliographical purposes, even if not always to his pleasure and delight. During the nineteenth century a further ideological shift can be noticed, which also influenced the perspectives of the science of Judaism on Yiddish. Steinschneider dealt with "Judeo-German" throughout his life, be it in his bibliographies or in other publications on various aspects of Jewish literature. The chapter presents Steinschneider's view of various themes related to Yiddish.

Keywords:Eastern Europe; Jewish literature; Judaism; Judeo-German; Steinschneider; Yiddish culture

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