Abstract

The author, after years of parading around in the ill-fitting hat of a lit-critical maverick--in which hat he consistently read Sholem Aleichem's "On Account of a Hat" as a subversive parable based upon the character of its hapless protagonist --is inspired by the writings of Eichenbaum, Bakhtin, Fanger, and other Russian literary scholars to switch hats, whereupon he discovers manifold contextual layers and multiple narrative voices, each with its own diction and direction, which in turn reveal the story to be an exemplar of Yiddish polyphony.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1086-3311
Print ISSN
0272-9601
Pages
pp. 39-56
Launched on MUSE
2001-01-01
Open Access
No
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