Henry has done a service in re-kindling the conversation regarding this iconoclast by constructing a new image of Gordin based on exhaustive archival work.... She should be commended for breaking new ground on such a significant figure, and, hopefully, providing access for future work from a range of disciplines.
(Max Shulman Studies in American Jewish Literature
Well researched and artfully argued, Henry's Rewriting Russia is a long-overdue book on this major figure that establishes how Jacob Gordin created a rich and important interplay between Yiddish and Russian forms that elevated the literary status of both.
(Leah Garrett The Russian Review
This new and elegantly written literary history... provides a new model for literary history by expertly weaving together previously unexamined Tsarist-era archival records with insightful literary analysis of Gordon's major works.
(Barry Trachtenberg H-Net Reviews
Lucid and engaging this study makes an important scholarly contribution to the fields of Yiddish culture, American Jewish history, and Russian Jewish history.
(Tony Michels, author of A Fire in Their Hearts: Yiddish Socialists in New York
A mold-breaking work of literary history as well as a brilliant analysis of literary text.
(Jeremy Dauber, author of In the Demon's Bedroom: Yiddish Literature and the Early Modern
About the Author
Barbara J. Henry is associate professor of Russian literature and Jewish studies at the University of Washington.