Classic Yiddish Fiction: Abramovitsh, Sholem Aleichem, and Peretz

Classic Yiddish Fiction: Abramovitsh, Sholem Aleichem, and Peretz

by Ken Frieden
     
 

ISBN-10: 0791426017

ISBN-13: 9780791426012

Pub. Date: 09/28/1995

Publisher: State University of New York Press

Revisits fiction by the three major Yiddish authors who wrote between 1864 and 1916, exploring their literary and social worlds.

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

Overview

Revisits fiction by the three major Yiddish authors who wrote between 1864 and 1916, exploring their literary and social worlds.

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.

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

Introduction

Part One: Abramovitsh

1. The Grandfather of Yiddish Literature

2. S. Y. Abramovitsh: Mendele and the Origins of Modern Yiddish Fiction

3. Satire and Parody in Abramovitsh's Later Fiction

Part Two: Sholem Aleichem

4. The Grandson: Trials of a Yiddish Humorist

5. Sholem Aleichem's "Jewish Novels"

6. Tevye the Dairyman and His Daughters' Rebellion

7. Social Criticism in Sholem Aleichem's Monologues

8. Sholem Aleichem's Monologues of Mastery

Part Three: Peretz

9. The Father of Another Literary Family

10. I. L. Peretz: Monologue and Madness in the Early Stories

11. Irony in I. L. Peretz's Chassidic Tales

Conclusion

Abbreviations

Selected Bibliography

Index of Authors and Works

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