Jacob Isaac Segal: A Montreal Yiddish Poet and His Milieu (Canadian Studies)

Jacob Isaac Segal: A Montreal Yiddish Poet and His Milieu (Canadian Studies)

By: Pierre Anctil (author), Vivian Felsen (translator)Paperback

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Born in the Ukraine in 1896, and settling in Montreal in 1910, Segal became one of the first Yiddish writers in Canada. His poetry, infused with lyricism and mysticism, along with the numerous essays and articles he penned, embodied both a rich literary tradition and the modernism of his day. Pierre Anctil has written so much more than a biography. For the first time, Segal's poetic production is referenced, translated and rigorously analyzed, and includes over 100 pages of appendices, shedding light on the artistic, spiritual, cultural and historical importance of his oeuvre. By introducing the reader to the poet's work through previously unpublished translations, Anctil demonstrates that in many respects it reflects the history of the Jewish immigrants who arrived in North America from Russia, the Ukraine and Poland at the beginning of the 20th century, as well as the tragic experiences of Jewish intellectual refugees of the interwar period. This admirably written, sweeping yet subtle, work will appeal both to scholars and to a broader audience. The original French version was awarded the prestigious 2014 Canada Prize in the Humanities by the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences.

About Author

Full professor in the Department of History at the University of Ottawa where he teaches contemporary Canadian history.

Contents

Translator's Note..................................................................................... xiii Preface: A Quebec Lyric Poet................................................................ xv Introduction ............................................................................................ 1 CHAPTER 1 Arrival in Montreal................................................................................. 13 Factory Work.................................................................................... 15 First Attempts at Writing................................................................ 20 In the Pages of Jewish Daily Eagle................................................... 25 The Revelation of 1917.................................................................... 32 The Emergence of Yiddish Literature in Montreal..................... 37 Caiserman in Montreal................................................................... 41 The Poale Zion and the Founding of the Canadian Jewish Congress............................................................................................ 45 The Urgent Call of Zionism............................................................ 49 The Failed Russian Revolution of 1905........................................ 57 The Beginnings of a Jewish Proletariat in Montreal................... 62 CHAPTER 2 Leaving Korets........................................................................................ 75 The Dawn of 1918............................................................................ 78 Intimist Writing................................................................................ 82 The Urban Aesthetic........................................................................ 85 The Canadian Winter...................................................................... 90 An Exemplary Influence ................................................................ 96 The Genesis of a Yiddish Poet........................................................ 100 The Korets Talmud Torah and Its Nigun......................................... 105 First Literary Influences.................................................................. 109 Segal's Maternal Grandfather........................................................ 115 The Great Crossing.......................................................................... 120 CHAPTER 3 First Literary Success.............................................................................. 129 Bazunder lider (1921)......................................................................... 133 The New York Modernist Movement........................................... 140 The Journal Nyuansn....................................................................... 142 Under the Wing of Mani Leib........................................................ 149 Fun mayn shtub un mayn velt (1923) .............................................. 154 Lider (1926)........................................................................................ 158 Caiserman, the First Yiddish Literary Critic................................ 163 The Canadian Landscape............................................................... 167 Following the Lead of the French-Canadian Poets..................... 174 An Emerging Literature.................................................................. 178 CHAPTER 4 Toward a Golden Age............................................................................ 189 New Waves of Immigration........................................................... 191 The Crash of 1929............................................................................ 198 Literary Salons and Book Committees......................................... 201 The Sinister Echoes of Nazism....................................................... 206 Idishe dikhter in kanade (1934) ......................................................... 214 Caiserman as Literary Historian................................................... 219 The Poet at His Peak ....................................................................... 225 The Great Mystical Watershed....................................................... 229 The Agnostic Poet Before God....................................................... 236 CHAPTER 5 The "Years of Lead": The Holocaust and Its Aftermath.................... 247 First Indications of Genocide......................................................... 250 The End of a World.......................................................................... 254 New Sources of Inspiration............................................................ 259 Looking Toward Montreal............................................................. 264 A Mystical Leap............................................................................... 270 A Chorus of Praise........................................................................... 275 The Contribution of the Holocaust Survivors............................. 281 The Ravitch Galaxy......................................................................... 285 The Yiddish Writers Association .................................................. 288 Twilight Reflections......................................................................... 293 The Final Exile.................................................................................. 299 Conclusion............................................................................................... 311

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  • ISBN13: 9780776625713
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 432
  • ID: 9780776625713
  • weight: 583
  • ISBN10: 0776625713

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