ENGLISH 317 - Literature and Culture
Section: 001 Yiddish Classics and Modernity
Term: WN 2012
Subject: English Language and Literature (ENGLISH)
Department: LSA English Language & Literature
Credits:
3
Requirements & Distribution:
HU
Other:
Theme
Waitlist Capacity:
unlimited
Consent:
With permission of instructor.
Repeatability:
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
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What do we know about modern Yiddish culture? What are its origins and how did it develop? Who were its major writers and what were the themes, social structures, literary forms of primary concern to them? In this course we will answer these and other questions by reading the fiction of three writers: Sh.Y. Abramovitch (also known as Mendele Moykher Sforim, the “grandfather” of Yiddish literature), Sholem Aleichem, and Y.L. Peretz. Their short stories and novels are considered the classics of modern Yiddish literature and offer a provocative introduction into the Eastern European Jewish milieu in which they wrote and the historical, political, social and economic transformations of the late 19th-early 20th century.

We will also consider some of the adaptations made of their work in Yiddish and English drama and film, and some of the changes made when their stories and novels were brought to an American audience.

Course Requirements:

Requirements for the course include weekly reading assignments, some in-class 1-page responses, active classroom participation, two 6-8 page essays, and a take-home final.

Intended Audience:

All readings will be in English translation. No knowledge of Yiddish is required for this course.

Class Format:

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ENGLISH 317 - Literature and Culture
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
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24300
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TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
002 (LEC)
P
24301
Open
1
 
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TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
003 (LEC)
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25668
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TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM
005 (LEC)
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28676
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MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
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ISBN: 0300092458
The I.L. Peretz reader, Author: ed. and with an introd. by Ruth R. Wisse., Publisher: Yale university press Expanded e 2002
Required
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 0300092466
The letters of Menakhem-Mendl and Sheyne-Sheyndl and, Motl, the cantor's son, Author: Sholem Aleichem ; translated and with an introduction by Hillel Halkin., Publisher: Yale University Press 2002
Required
ISBN: 9780805240269
Tevye the dairyman and the railroad stories, Author: Sholem Aleichem, 1859-1916., Publisher: Schocken Books 1987
Required
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