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.

Ruth R. Wisse
observation
March 27 2019
About Ruth

Ruth R. Wisse is a Mosaic columnist, professor emerita of Yiddish and comparative literatures at Harvard and a distinguished senior fellow at the Tikvah Fund. Her memoir Free as a Jew: a Personal Memoir of National Self-Liberation, chapters of which appeared in Mosaic in somewhat different form, is out from Wicked Son Press.

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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