Yiddish Metal as a Manifestation of Postvernacularity
Dr. Lily Kahn, University College London
Wednesday, January 12, 9:30 AM over zoom
This event is sponsored by the Departments of Germanic Studies and Linguistics and the Greenberg Center for Jewish Studies.
Lily Kahn offers a sociocultural and sociolinguistic perspective on Heavy Metal lyrics in Yiddish, describing the lyrics as a manifestation of postvernacularity. Yiddish Heavy Metal bands reinterpret older Yiddish repertoire rather than writing new lyrics, and this is a reflection of the iconic role the language plays for band members and audiences.