Fall 2012 - Graduate Course Description
Intructor:
Patterson, David
Discipline and Number
HUSL 7309 Section: 001
Day:
R Time: 1:00 PM - 3:45 PM
Course Title:
Yiddish Literature

DESCRIPTION OF COURSE:

ENROLLMENT IN THIS COURSE IS LIMITED TO DOCTORAL STUDENTS ONLY

Concentrating on fictional narratives in English translation, this course examines Yiddish literature from its flowering in the nineteenth century to its demise in the twentieth century. Of particular interest are the ways in which Yiddish literature reflects and responds to the social, cultural, political, and religious aspects of Jewish life as it unfolds in Eastern Europe, as well as in North America. The texts include selections from Chasidism, the Jewish Enlightenment, and Yiddish Modernism, as the course traces the development of a major literary tradition that was obliterated with the destruction of European Jewish civilization in the Holocaust. The purpose of the course is to impart to students an understanding of the Yiddish literary tradition and how that tradition reflects Jewish history, Jewish teachings, and the tensions that shape both.

REQUIRED TEXTS:

Joachim Neugroschel, ed. No Star Too Beautiful: A Treasury of Yiddish Stories
I. L. Peretz, The I. L. Peretz Reader
Sholem Aleichem, Tevye the Dairy Man and Motl the Cantor’s Son
Lamed Shapiro, The Cross and other Jewish Stories
Israel Joshua Singer, The Brothers Ashkenazi
Eliezer Yerushalmi, “Diary from the Shavli Ghetto”
Isaac Bashevis Singer, The Penitent

COURSE REQUIREMENTS/EVALUATION CRITERIA:

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