JUDAIC 318 - Humanities Topics in Judaism
Section: 004 Yiddish Classics and Modernity
Term: FA 2018
Subject: Judaic Studies (JUDAIC)
Department: LSA Judaic Studies
Credits:
3
Requirements & Distribution:
HU
Repeatability:
May be repeated for a maximum of 8 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
Primary Instructor:

What is a literary canon? How did Yiddish literature emerge in the 19th century, and what were the reasons for its rise and decline in the 20th century? Who were Yiddish writers and their readers, and what can Yiddish literature tell us in the 21st century?

We will read and discuss novels, short stories, poems and plays written in Russia, Poland, the United States and Israel, watch their film adaptations, and learn about the Jewish experience in different parts of the world.

Starting with the three "founding fathers" of modern Yiddish literature, Mendele Moykher-Sforim, Sholem Aleichem, and Y. L. Peretz, we will explore the psychological prose of David Bergelson, mysterious tales of Der Nister, revolutionary American proletarian poetry, provocative stories of Isaac Bashevis Singer, and more.

All readings are in English. No knowledge of Yiddish and Jewish culture is required.

JUDAIC 318 - Humanities Topics in Judaism
Schedule Listing
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25218
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MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
002 (REC)
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28572
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TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
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28730
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8
 
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MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
004 (REC)
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31245
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TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
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31246
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11
 
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TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
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