ENGLISH 407 - Topics in English Language and Literature
Fall 2013, Section 006 - Yiddish in New York
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Subject: English Language and Literature (ENGLISH)
Department: LSA English Language & Literature
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Credits:
3
Waitlist Capacity:
unlimited
Class Misc Info:
All readings will be in English, no previous knowledge of Yiddish is required.
Repeatability:
May be elected twice for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.
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Description

Around the turn of the twentieth century, several waves of immigration brought over two millions Yiddish speaking Jews from eastern Europe to the New York harbor. They turned New York into the world's largest and most dynamic center of Yiddish culture. In our class, we will examine the fascinating flourishing of various forms of creativity in Yiddish: literature, journalism, theater, popular entertainment, radio, film, as well as visual arts. How could these poor foreigners, most of whom came from small towns far from the centers of Western civilization, succeed in creating a vibrant, original, and diverse modern culture within such a short time? What were the main themes and concerns, aesthetic ideas and ideological commitments of American Yiddish culture? How did Yiddish fit into the American 'melting pot'? And what happens to Yiddish in New York today? To answer these and other questions, we will read works of prose and poetry by the passionate expressionist M.L. Halpern, the bestselling novelist Sholem Asch, and the Nobel-prize winner Isaac Bashevis Singer; watch Yiddish movies by Maurice Schwarz and Edgar Ulmer; listen to the popular music of the 1920s-1950s; look at the visual representations created by the modernist artists Zuni Maud, Ben Shahn, Max Weber, Louis Lozowick. We will learn about successes and scandals, ideological battles, reputations done and undone.

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All readings will be in English, no previous knowledge of Yiddish is required.

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Schedule

ENGLISH 407 - Topics in English Language and Literature
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MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
005 (SEM)
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26540
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TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
006 (SEM)
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29793
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MW 4:00PM - 5:30PM
007 (SEM)
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MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
008 (SEM)
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33490
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10
 
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MW 3:00PM - 4:30PM

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