The Frankel Center brings together a number of scholars with a particular focus on modern Jewish literature. These scholars explore the ways Jewish writers have confronted the challenges of modernity in both “Jewish” languages (e.g. Hebrew and Yiddish), as well in languages such as German, Russian, Polish, Spanish, and English. In a wide variety of course offerings, students can investigate modern Jewish writers relative to the sensibilities, ideologies, and historical pressures of their own moment as well as in relation to traditional Jewish texts and traditions.
These courses explore intersections among these literatures, as well as the myriad ways in which they have interacted with modernity and post-modernity in Europe, the United States, Israel and the Near East.