Yiddish Courses for Fall 2020

Content for Fall 2020

Yiddish 101 (5) Elementary Yiddish. Doughty
Elementary Yiddish: an introduction to Yiddish language and literature, in the context of the historic Yiddish cultural environment. Small classes facilitate individualized attention to reading, writing, and speaking. Fulfills the foreign language requirement 

Yiddish 103 (3) Yiddish Literature. Chaver
“Reading Yiddish Texts: Soviet Yiddish Literature”

Soviet Yiddish literature flourished from the 1920s to the 1940s, at first supported by the State. Almost seventy years ago, most of the major Soviet Jewish intellectuals were executed (“Night of the Murdered Poets,” Aug. 12, 1952). We will read powerful poetry and prose works by avant-garde modernist writers such as Peretz Markish, Dovid Hofshteyn, and Moyshe Kulbak.