HJCS 591 - Topics in Hebrew and Jewish Cultural Studies
Section: 001 The Yiddish Writings of Sholem Aleichem
Term: FA 2007
Subject: Hebrew and Jewish Cultural Studies (HJCS)
Department: LSA Near Eastern Studies
Credits:
3
Repeatability:
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
Primary Instructor:

What’s in a pen name? This course will focus on the history of pen names in modern Jewish writing. More specifically, we will discuss the emergence of the appellation “Sholem Aleichem”: the wild satirist of “Letter Stolen from the Post Office” (1884) and “Office Affairs” (1885) vis a vis the ideologue of the gentrification of Yiddish literature. You will see him not just as an author but as a literary critic, an editor and a sentimental novelist. In-depth discussions will also include the artistic and cultural significance of “Menakhem Mendl” and “Teyve the Dairyman”; the strangest and most radical of his creations, “Motl the Cantor’s Son”; late developments in his art of the monologue, “Railway Stories”; and the advantages and limitations of self-interpretation in his unfinished autobiographical novel “Back from the Fair”.

Taught by Padnos Visiting Professor Dan Miron, the Leonard Kaye Professor of Hebrew & Comparative Literature at Columbia University and teaches at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. The leading authority on Hebrew literature, Miron has written over twenty books, in both Hebrew and English, on most of the prominent Hebrew and Yiddish authors, fiction writers and poets since the revival of Hebrew literature in the nineteenth century.

HJCS 591 - Topics in Hebrew and Jewish Cultural Studies
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
P
24700
Open
15
 
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Tu 11:00AM - 1:00PM
Note: Pref may be given to students who can read Yiddish, but other factors (e.g., updated theoretical-literary background) will be considered. Meets w/ JUDAIC 517.002 and CompLit 740.001. Instr. consent
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