JUDAIC 150 - First Year Seminar in Judaic Studies
Section: 001 Introduction to Modern Yiddish Culture
Term: FA 2017
Subject: Judaic Studies (JUDAIC)
Department: LSA Judaic Studies
Requirements & Distribution:
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
Advisory Prerequisites:
Enrollment restricted to first-year students, including those with sophomore standing.
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
Primary Instructor:

For nearly a thousand years, Yiddish was the spoken vernacular of Ashkenaz, as Jews in Central and Eastern Europe called themselves. Yiddish was the language of Jewish social and economic life, and later also came to represent a vibrant literary, cultural life, and political life. The migration of East European Jews brought Tevye the Dairyman by Sholem Aleichem to an American audience. We will read Yiddish literary works by Anna Margolin and other popular female Jewish writers. Students will also learn some basic expressions in the original, watch films and listen to klezmer music. This course presents the major trends in Yiddish culture from the mid-19th century through World War II and beyond. Students will delve into contemporary Yiddish culture by way of Hasidic literature and music, as well as secular theaters, newspapers, and Yiddish cultural organizations.

Course Requirements:

Students will study secondary material providing background on Yiddish language and culture with focus on classic Yiddish films and documentaries as integral tools for accessing culture associated with this heritage language.

JUDAIC 150 - First Year Seminar in Judaic Studies
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
002 (SEM)
TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
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ISBN: 0810997495
Yiddishkeit : Jewish vernacular and the new land, Author: edited by Harvey Pekar and Paul Buhle ; introduction by Neal Gabler., Publisher: Abrams ComicArts 2011
Other Textbook Editions OK.
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