Judaic Studies

  • Yiddish in America

    This course examines the place of Yiddish in America from the late 19th century to the present and considers the dynamics of the language's significance in modern American Jewish life. Topics include immigrant Yiddish culture, press, political activism, theater, music, and literature at the turn of the 20th century; hybrid Yiddish-English cultural works of the interwar years, American Yiddish responses to the Holocaust; Yiddish in postwar Hasidic and yeshiva communities; and contemporary engagements with Yiddish by performing artists, queer activists, and postmodern intellectuals.
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