HDS 3719

Literature and Belief: The Case of Modern Yiddish Literature

Dara Horn Schulman


Is literature animated by a "moral of the story," or by "art for art's sake"? This question was more than theoretical for modern Yiddish writers, who wrote at a crossroads between religious and secular life, under extraordinary circumstances. The course will explore how genre and belief interact in Yiddish stories, novels, poetry and drama over the past two centuries, as we closely examine the broader question of the purpose of art. Note: Reading knowledge of Yiddish appreciated but not required; all texts available in translation. Open to graduate students in any department, and undergraduates with permission of the instructor.

Enrollment Limited: No
Open to BTI Students: No
Jointly offered as Yiddish 200r

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0.50 credits
Fall 2014
Mon 4pm-6pm
FAS Dana Palmer House Seminar Room

Relationship to Program Requirements

Program Requirement Area / Category / Art / Designation
MTS Area(s) of Focus
  • Jewish Studies
  • Religion, Literature, and Culture
MDiv Distribution Category/ies
  • Judaism
MDiv Art(s) of Ministry None
Language Course Designation(s) Content language course