Landmark Yiddish Plays: A Critical Anthology

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Overview

Offering snapshots of a pivotal era in which the Jews of Europe made the transition from a traditional to a more modern world, the Yiddish plays translated and collected here wrestle with issues that continue to concern us today: changing gender roles, generational conflict, class divisions, and religious persecution. In their introduction to the volume, Joel Berkowitz and Jeremy Dauber place the plays in the context of the development of modern drama and Yiddish drama and examine their treatment of social, political, and religious issues. The many ways in which the plays address these issues make them transcend their own time, exciting a new generation of readers and theatergoers.
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Meet the Author

Joel Berkowitz is Associate Professor of Modern Jewish Studies at the University at Albany, State University of New York. He is the author of Shakespeare on the American Yiddish Stage and the editor of Yiddish Theatre: New Approaches.

Jeremy Dauber is Atran Assistant Professor of Yiddish at Columbia University. He is the author of Antonio’s Devils: Writers of the Jewish Enlightenment and the Birth of Modern Hebrew and Yiddish Literature.

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Table of Contents

Silliness and sanctimony 81
Serkele, or, in mourning for a brother 113
The two Kuni-Lemls 201
App Music to The two Kuni-Lemls 247
Miriam 257
The duke 291
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