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Title: Mendele Mokher Sefarim e la nascita della prosa ebraica moderna
Authors: Della Valle, Antonio
Issue Date: 2008
Publisher: Padova, Studio Editoriale Gordini
Abstract: The cultural life of 19th-century Jewish communities living in the Pale of Settlement witnessed the growing output of literary works written in biblical Hebrew by maśkilim, the followers of the Jewish Enlightenment (Haśkalah). Most of these works, however, were beyond the reach of the greatest part of common readers, who spoke Yiddish and could neither understand nor appreciate texts which were partly empty rhetorical exercises in the style of the so-called meliṣah. Besides fuelling the controversy between maśkilim and religious traditionalists, the publication of the first novels in Hebrew also raised fresh debates among the maśkilim themselves about the opportunity of accepting a literary genre alien to the Jewish tradition. More important still, it overtaxed a language based only on the biblical text and raised the question of a new literary language in Hebrew. The article takes into consideration the works of Šalom Yakov Abramovič (Mendele Mokher Sefarim) as a decisive contribution to the solution of such a question.
Appears in Collections:Annali di Ca' Foscari. Serie orientale

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