The Annual Clara Sumpf Lecture Series featuring Eddy Portnoy (day 1)

Tue May 17th 2022, 5:00 - 6:30pm
Event Sponsor
Taube Center for Jewish Studies
CREEES Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies
History Department
Green Library, Bing Wing459 Lasuen Mall, Stanford, CA 94305Presentation Palace (Green Library/Hohbach Hall 122)

May 17

Headless Body Found in Topless Bar: Sensationalism and Scandal in the Yiddish Press

Yiddish mass media of the late 19th and early 20th centuries is well known for having served as a guide to the modern world for many Jewish readers, introducing them to new political and social concepts, as well as to literature and the arts. But it was also a business that needed to attract and maintain a readership. As a result, a distinctly YIddish form of sensationalism developed, one that reveals underreported aspects of Jewish life. Sometimes lurid, sometimes outright fabrications, journalists of the Yiddish press created a version of sensationalism that reflected the unique interests of their readership. Using examples from newspapers in New York and Warsaw, Eddy Portnoy will show how sensationalism functioned as a key feature of Yiddish journalism.

Co-sponsored with Stanford's Department of History, the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, and UC Berkeley's Center for Jewish Studies.

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