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Paul Buhle - Yiddishkeit: Jewish Vernacular and the New Land



Paul Buhle explores images and insights from his anthology Yiddishkeit, and about his late co-editor, the underground comic book writer and personality, Harvey Pekar.

In Yiddishkeit: Jewish Vernacular and the New Land, co-editors Pekar and Buhle trace the influence of Yiddish from medieval Europe to the present with an anthology of comics and graphic art. The book features original stories by such notable writers and artists as Barry Deutsch, Peter Kuper, Spain Rodriguez, Sharon Rudahl, and Pekar himself. Through illustrations, comic art, and a full-length play, the volume explores four major themes: culture, performance, assimilation, and the revival of the language. Paul Buhle will present images and insights about the anthology and about his late co-editor, the iconoclastic underground comic book writer, music critic, and media personality Harvey Pekar. A prolific author and editor, Buhle collaborated with Pekar on five volumes of comic art and edited the three-volume Jews and American Popular Culture. He is a lecturer emeritus at Brown University.

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