Germanic Languages | Modern/Traditional Yiddish Lit/Culture
Y300 | 2791 | Dov Ber Kerler


Y300 	Modernity and Tradition in Yiddish Literature and Culture
(3 cr.)
Topic: "Fantasy, Realism, and Fiction: the First Century of
Modern Yiddish Literature  (1810-1914)"
		

Modern Yiddish culture draws much of its strength and pride from the
major achievements of modern Yiddish literature which originated in
the 19th century Russia and Poland. Evolving in part from traditional
and folk genres (many of which can be traced back to the 16th century
and earlier), it soon adopted contemporary models of European fiction
and literary creativity and adapted them to both the context of
traditional Jewish literacy and the common experience of East European
Jews and their social, cultural, and national aspirations. This course
aims to offer a detailed survey of some of the major trends of the
first century of Modern Yiddish literature with emphasis on its
historical and formal aspects. Yiddish works that will be read in
English translation will include a selection of tales by Rabbi
Nachman of Bratslav (1772-1810), short novels and stories by Yisroel
Aksenfeld (1787-1866), Mendele Moykher Sforim (1836-1917), Sholom
Aleichem (1859- 1916), Y.L. Peretz (1851-1915), and the famous drama
Der Dybbuk by Sh. Ansky (1863-1920). Discussion and analysis of these
works will be devoted to their fundamental cultural and historical
context, their role in rediscovering and shaping the aesthetics of a
young modern literature, as well as the interplay between satire,
'ethnographism", realism, and
symbolism.



	Texts:
		Abramovitsh, "Tales of Mendele the Book Peddler FISHKE
THE LAME and BENJAMIN THE THIRD"
		Ansky, Sh., "The DYBBUK and Other Writings"
		Neugroschel, "The SHTETL: A Creative Anthology of
Jewish Life in Eastern Europe" translated and edited
by Joachim Neugroschel
		Peretz, Y.L., "The I.L. Peretz Reader"
		Sholom Aleichem, "TEVYE THE DAIRYMAN and THE RAILROAD
STORIES