Germanic Languages | Modern/Trad Yiddish Lit and Culture
Y300 | 2576 | Dov Ber Kerler


Y300 	Modernity and Tradition in Yiddish Literature and Culture
(3cr.)  Topic: "Ghetto, Shtetl and Beyond: 800 years of the History
and Sociology of Yiddish"

The origins of the Yiddish language and of Ashkenazic civilization can
be traced to the very end of the first millennium CE. The aim of the
course is to offer a detailed and focused historic overview and
discussion of some of the major issues in the history of Yiddish
language and literature with special attention to socio-cultural and
sociolinguistic aspects. This course will concentrate on the last 800
years of the history and sociology of Yiddish focusing on the
following topics: (1) theories on the origin and age of Yiddish; (2)
attitudes to Yiddish: from "Ghetto" to "Shtetl"; (3) periodization of
Yiddish language and literature; (4) "fusion" language, Jewish
language, vernacular: review of definitions with a focus on the
structure of Yiddish; (5) Yiddish and Hebrew: interface between
orality, literacy and "diglossia"; (6) Old Yiddish literature: genres,
language, historical development; (7) history of Yiddish studies; (8)
patterns of modernization: Yiddish in the 19th century; (9) the rise
of yiddishism and modern Yiddish culture; (10) sociology of modern
Yiddish: attitudes, debates, and arguments;(11) from dialectology to
stylistics: modern Literary Standard Yiddish, daytshmerish, linguistic
purism.
			       		
	Texts: 	Fischman, Never Say Die
	Frakes, Politics of Interpretation: Alterity and Ideology in
Old Yiddish Studies
	Goldsmith, Modern Yiddish Culture: The Story of the Yiddish
Language Movement
	Harshav, The Meaning of Yiddish
	Kerler, Politics of Yiddish
	Zinberg, Old Yiddish Literature from Its Origins to the
Haskalah Period