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Classic Yiddish Fiction [NOOK Book]

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Yiddish literature, despite its remarkable achievements during an era bounded by Russian reforms in the 1860s and the First World War, has never before been surveyed by a scholarly monograph in English. Classic Yiddish Fiction provides an overview and interprets the Yiddish fiction of S. Y. Abramovitsh, Sholem Aleichem, and I. L. Peretz. While analyzing their works, Frieden situates these three authors in their literary world and in relation to...
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Overview

Yiddish literature, despite its remarkable achievements during an era bounded by Russian reforms in the 1860s and the First World War, has never before been surveyed by a scholarly monograph in English. Classic Yiddish Fiction provides an overview and interprets the Yiddish fiction of S. Y. Abramovitsh, Sholem Aleichem, and I. L. Peretz. While analyzing their works, Frieden situates these three authors in their literary world and in relation to their cultural contexts.

Two or three generations ago, Yiddish was the primary language of Jews in Europe and America. Today, following the Nazi genocide and half a century of vigorous assimilation, Yiddish is sinking into oblivion. By providing a bridge to the lost continent of Yiddish literature, Frieden returns to those European traditions. This journey back to Ashkenazic origins also encompasses broader horizons, since the development of Yiddish culture in Europe and America parallels the history of other ethnic traditions.
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Clearly written, jargon free, this book provides both an overview and close reading of the three masters of Yiddish literature. Drawing upon historical, political, social and religious events, Frieden provides the background that enriches his literary analysis."—Evelyn Avery, Towson State University

"The dominance of parody is Ken Frieden's point of departure for the clear, reliable introduction we've been waiting for to the remarkable trio of writers who brought Yiddish into the mainstream of modern European literatures."— Ruth Wisse, Harvard University
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781438403335
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 9/30/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 593 KB

Table of Contents

Figures and Tables
Preface
Introduction 1
Pt. 1 Abramovitsh 9
Ch. 1 The Grandfather of Yiddish Literature 15
Ch. 2 S. Y. Abramovitsh: Mendele and the Origins of Modern Yiddish Fiction 39
Ch. 3 Satire and Parody in Abramovitsh's Later Fiction 67
Pt. 2 Sholem Aleichem 95
Ch. 4 The Grandson: Trials of a Yiddish Humorist 103
Ch. 5 Sholem Aleichem's "Jewish Novels" 135
Ch. 6 Tevye the Dairyman and His Daughters' Rebellion 159
Ch. 7 Social Criticism in Sholem Aleichem's Monologues 183
Ch. 8 Sholem Aleichem's Monologues of Mastery 203
Pt. 3 Peretz 225
Ch. 9 The Father of Another Literary Family 231
Ch. 10 I. L. Peretz: Monologue and Madness in the Early Stories 259
Ch. 11 Irony in I. L. Peretz's Chassidic Tales 281
Conclusion 311
Abbreviations 317
Selected Bibliography 319
Index of Authors and Works 351
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