Introduction to Old Yiddish Literature

Introduction to Old Yiddish Literature

by Jean Baumgarten
     
 

ISBN-10: 0199276331

ISBN-13: 9780199276332

Pub. Date: 08/11/2005

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA


The field of early Yiddish studies has so far only been accessible to specialist scholars. This remarkable study opens up to a more general audience the cultural richness of that broad and deep corpus of literature that stretches from its beginnings in the Middle Ages to the mid-eighteenth century. The literature spans a wide spectrum of genres, from love lyric to…  See more details below

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The field of early Yiddish studies has so far only been accessible to specialist scholars. This remarkable study opens up to a more general audience the cultural richness of that broad and deep corpus of literature that stretches from its beginnings in the Middle Ages to the mid-eighteenth century. The literature spans a wide spectrum of genres, from love lyric to kabbalistic treatises, and from travelogue to Renaissance adventure epic. The diverse world of Ashkenazic Jewry comes alive in this survey of its literature.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199276332
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
08/11/2005
Pages:
488
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 6.20(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

1. The Invention of a Language: Yiddish among the European Vernaculars
2. The Emergence of Yiddish Literature and the Crisis in Jewish Society
3. The Printing, Distribution, and Audience of Yiddish Books
4. Bilingualism and the Development of Old Yiddish LIterature
5. Yiddish Bibles
6. Medieval Epic and Romance in Yiddish
7. Elia Bahur Levita and the 'romanzo cavalleresco'
8. Books of Morality and Custom
9. Prayer in the Vernacular
10. Yiddish Narrative
11. Terrestrial Suffering in a Topsy-Turvy World
Conclusion: From the Old to the New

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