Germanic Languages | Topics in Yiddish Literature
Y505 | 5849 | Kerler


Thursdays, 4:00-6:30 pm
Topics in Yiddish Literature: Realism, fiction and imagination in
modern Yiddish literature (1814-1914)

Prerequisite: Sufficient proficiency in Yiddish (primary sources will
be read in the original). This course offered for graduate students of
Yiddish (with a video assisted participation of advanced students from
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign). The course’s main
objective is to read and analyze a number of major works by the
following authors: Yisroel Aksenfeld (1787-1866; his “Dos
Shterntikhl”), Mendele Moykher Sforim (1836-1917, his “Kitsee Masoes
Binyomen hashlishi”), Sholom Aleichem (1859- 1916; his “Tevye der
milkhiker”, “Dos farkishefte shanyderl”, and chapters from “Funem
yarid”), Y.L. Peretz (1851-1915; a number of his stories, and his play
“Ba nakht afn altn mark”). The corpus may also include works by later
authors (e.g. Der Nister’s early prose of the 1920s, or “Der Dybbuk”
by Sh. Ansky). The major focus for structural, thematic, and
historical analysis of these works will be the rise of modern fiction
in contrast to the didactic, enlightening, or “simple narratives”
character of pre-modern Yiddish literature.

Section meets by video conference with class from the University of
Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

//ALAS ALL THE TEXTS ARE OUT OF PRINT WILL HAVE TO FIND A WAY TO
SUPPLY THEM O OUR 3 AND URBANA CHAMPAIGNS FEW GRADUATES//