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Faithful RenderingsJewish-Christian Difference and the Politics of Translation$
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Naomi Seidman

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780226745053

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226745077.001.0001

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Translation and Assimilation

Translation and Assimilation

Singer in America

(p.243) Chapter Six Translation and Assimilation
Faithful Renderings
University of Chicago Press

This chapter examines the English translations of Singer's work, focusing particularly on “Gimpel the Fool,” Singer's first short story to be translated, and “Zeidlus the Pope.” The English versions of both stories censor “anti-Christian” sentiments in the Yiddish; in the case of “Gimpel,” this censorship obscures the story as a modernist rewriting of the Gospels that sees Joseph as the hero of Christianity.

Keywords:   Isaac Bashevis Singer, English translations, Gimpel the Fool, Zeidlus the Pope, anti-Christian sentiments, censorship

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