Prooftexts Special Issue: Jewish Literature/ World Literature January 8, 2015

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The transnational turn in Jewish literary scholarship has occasioned a methodological rethinking of Jewish literary studies. The discourse on world literature, with its focus on processes of cross-cultural circulation and translation, offers a cogent paradigm for conceptualizing Jewish literature beyond linguistic and national boundaries. For this special issue of Prooftexts on Jewish Literature/World Literature, we seek papers that address Jewish literary multilingualism, translation, and circulation. Essays should combine theoretical and methodological concerns with readings of Jewish-language texts to illustrate the productive intersections of Jewish literature with the discourse on world literature. Papers might examine the circulation of a text between different Jewish languages or influences from non-Jewish languages on Jewish-language literature, as well as more indirect cross-cultural and translingual comparison. We invite work on a range of Jewish languages (including Hebrew, Yiddish, and Ladino) and non-Jewish languages. Of particular interest is new work on lesser-studied Jewish languages such as Judeo-Arabic and Judeo-Persian, as well as Jewish literature of regions such as Latin America, North Africa, and Asia. Essays should be between 6,000 and 10,000 words. Please contact Allison Schachter ( ) and Lital Levy ( with questions. Please send your manuscript and abstract to by January 8. Indicate the title of the special issue in the subject line.