JUDAIC 317 - Topics in Judaic Studies
Section: 001 The Yiddish Classics and Modernity
Term: WN 2012
Subject: Judaic Studies (JUDAIC)
Department: LSA Judaic Studies
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
May be repeated for a maximum of 8 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
Primary Instructor:

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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JUDAIC 317 - Topics in Judaic Studies
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
002 (SEM)
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
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
ISBN: 9780805240269
Tevye the dairyman and the railroad stories, Author: Sholem Aleichem, 1859-1916., Publisher: Schocken Books 1987
ISBN: 080521013X
Tales of Mendele the Book Peddler : Fishke the Lame and Benjamin the Third, Author: S.Y. Abramovitsh (Mendele Moykher Sforim) ; edited by Dan Miron and Ken Frieden ; introduction by Dan Miron ; translations by Ted Gorelick and Hillel Halkin., Publisher: Schocken Books 1996
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 0815630352
The wishing-ring : a novel, Author: S.Y. Abramovitsh (Mendele Moykher Sforim) ; translated from the Yiddish by Michael Wex., Publisher: Syracuse University Press 1st ed. 2003
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