Classic Yiddish Fiction: Abramovitsh, Sholem Aleichem, and Peretz

Classic Yiddish Fiction: Abramovitsh, Sholem Aleichem, and Peretz

by Ken Frieden
     
 

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,… See more details below

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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791426012
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
09/28/1995
Series:
SUNY series in Modern Jewish Literature and Culture Series
Pages:
364
Product dimensions:
6.11(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.97(d)

Table of Contents

Figures and Tables
Preface
Introduction1
Pt. 1Abramovitsh9
Ch. 1The Grandfather of Yiddish Literature15
Ch. 2S. Y. Abramovitsh: Mendele and the Origins of Modern Yiddish Fiction39
Ch. 3Satire and Parody in Abramovitsh's Later Fiction67
Pt. 2Sholem Aleichem95
Ch. 4The Grandson: Trials of a Yiddish Humorist103
Ch. 5Sholem Aleichem's "Jewish Novels"135
Ch. 6Tevye the Dairyman and His Daughters' Rebellion159
Ch. 7Social Criticism in Sholem Aleichem's Monologues183
Ch. 8Sholem Aleichem's Monologues of Mastery203
Pt. 3Peretz225
Ch. 9The Father of Another Literary Family231
Ch. 10I. L. Peretz: Monologue and Madness in the Early Stories259
Ch. 11Irony in I. L. Peretz's Chassidic Tales281
Conclusion311
Abbreviations317
Selected Bibliography319
Index of Authors and Works351

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