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Ghetto, Shtetl and Beyond: Millennium of History and Society of Yiddish (3 cr.)
Dov‐Ber Kerler
GER‐E 352 Topics in Yiddish Culture / CMLT‐C 378 Topics in Yiddish Culture
2nd 8 weeks course
Beginning Summer 2011: CASE A&H, CASE GCC
Before Summer 2011: A&H, CSA, JS Language & Literature, Literature & the Arts, or History & Society

This course will offer a survey of history and sociology of Yiddish since its inception about a thousand years ago. Its main objectives are to encourage and stimulate the students to develop a nuanced historical and socio-cultural perception of pre-modern Ashkenazi culture (originating in late medieval France and German-speaking lands) in which Yiddish played a major role as the language of everyday communication, traditional education and Torah study, popular literature and public entertainment and performing arts, as well as the late 19th century emergence of modern Yiddish literature, theater, and the subsequent rise of modern Yiddish culture encompassing arts, education, mass communication, political movements, and public involvement with social reform.