Yiddish Metal as a Manifestation of Postvernacularity

January 12, 2022 | 9:30AM
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Yiddish Metal as a Manifestation of Postvernacularity

Dr. Lily Kahn, University College London

 

Wednesday, January 12, 9:30 AM over zoom

Registration link:  https://uchicago.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJErf-2gpzIvGtU9AGegSveBuZuxSRYyMHhk

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.