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JWC3610 - Yiddish writers in ttranslation

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader(s): Danielle Charak


Not offered in 2009


This subject covers the diversity of Yiddish literary life against the backdrop of 19th and 20th century social-cultural influences. Through the works of classical Eastern European Yiddish writers, as well as those who settled in the United States and Australia, students will examine themes related to the changing traditional patterns of Jewish life in response to modernity - exile and the search for belonging; faith and doubt; acculturation and assimilation; immigration and nostalgia; memory and preservation. Students will also consider how Yiddish writers have incorporated and interpreted folk genres, as well as biblical and chassidic tales in their works.


As for JWC2610, but in addition, third year students will be able to:

  • a deeper understanding of the thematic concerns in the literature

  • the ability to apply this understanding to the nature of Jewish self-definition from the study of the texts.

  • the ability to examine relevant texts of their choice not analysed in lectures and tutorials.


As for JWC2610

Contact hours

One-hour lecture followed by a 90-minute seminar


Prequisities: First year sequence in Jewish Civilisation or English; or 12 points at level 2 in Jewish Civilisation or English; or by special permission.



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