Germanic Languages | Topics in Yiddish Literature
Y300 | 17820 | Kerler

GER-Y 300
*2nd 8 week course

*This course meets with graduate section Y505

Topic: Selected Readings in 20th Century Yiddish Fiction MW 4-6:30 p.m.,

No prerequisites; in English

This course will explore some of the major themes and genres of the
late 19th and 20th century Yiddish fiction and drama. It will focus on
close reading and analysis of a selection of Yiddish literary works in
English translation with particular attention to their historical,
literary, cultural, and political contexts. Translations of literary
works will include selections of short stories and novellas, as well
as a play. A number of the selected works were adapted into films
which will be shown, discussed, and critically analyzed in class and
in shorter papers. Topics for extensive discussion in this course will
deal, among others, with the nature of "fiction" vis a vis "reality,"
the various "functions" of literature, the different centers of 20th
century literary creativity, and the problems of adapting a literary
work into cinematic medium as well as translating a Yiddish literary
work into English.

Fulfills: Jewish Studies Language & Literature or History & Society
course; A&H; Culture List A