Contention; or, My Disputes with Irving Howe, Yiddish Academia, and Holocaust Memorials

Contention was so much a part of modern Yiddish culture that, in any study of that culture, it was all but taken for granted.

Irving Howe in New York in 1982. Fred W. McDarrah/Getty Images.

Irving Howe in New York in 1982. Fred W. McDarrah/Getty Images.

Observation
March 27 2019
About the author

Ruth R. Wisse is a research professor at Harvard and a distinguished senior fellow at the Tikvah Fund. Her most recent book is No Joke: Making Jewish Humor (2013, paperback 2015).


We present here the eleventh chapter from the memoirs-in-progress of the renowned scholar and author Ruth R. Wisse. Earlier chapters can be found here. Further installments will appear over the next months.

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More about: Arts & Culture, History & Ideas, Holocaust memorial, Irving Howe, Israel & Zionism, New York Intellectuals, The Memoirs of Ruth Wisse, Yiddish