Germanic Languages | Topics in Yiddish Literature
Y300 | 2793 | Dove-Ber Kerler


Y300/Y505:  Topics in Yiddish Literature(3 CR) Dov-Ber Kerler
Topic:Fantasy, Realism, & Fiction: The First Century of Modern
Yiddish Literature (1810-1914)
Section: 2822
04:00P-06:30P/ MW -- 2nd 8 weeks only.
BH 345

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.

Fulfills: Jewish Studies Language or Literature; or History or
Society course; A&H; CSA
Joint-Listed with CMLT C300