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Abraham Cahan

(1860–1951), who came to the U.S. from Russia (1882), was long the editor of the Jewish Daily Forward. Besides works in Yiddish he wrote realistic fiction in English, including ...

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A Dictionary of Film Studies (2 ed.)

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...the work of a number of Jewish filmmakers in the diaspora. Yentl (Barbra Streisand, US, 1983 ), Hester Street ( Joan Micklin Silver , US, 1975 ), and Fiddler on the Roof are adapted from Jewish literary sources: respectively a short story by Isaac Bashevis Singer ; Abraham Cahan’s 1896 novel, Yekl ; and various stories by Sholem Aleichem . Directors Mel Brooks and Woody Allen draw on a brand of comedy-in-catastrophe humour characteristic of Yiddish cinema and broader Yiddish culture. Ethan Coen and Joel Coen’s A Serious Man (US, 2009 ) also...