The Most of Life: Modern Jewish Thinking through Yiddish Literature

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Date(s) - 06/30/2015
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

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The Yiddish literary legacy that took shape from the 1860’s through the 1930’s offers us a unique window onto many of the dilemmas of modern Jewish thinking. Drawing primarily on short fiction and poetry, this course will consider primary texts (in English translation) that present a wide array of tensions and questions: the imperative of particularism versus the appeal of universalism; the economic, social, and religious cataclysms that attended the Haskalah; the antinomian challenge of Hassidut; the evolution of midrashic sensibilities in a rationalist age; the rise of youth culture over and against parental and divine authority; the categorization of sacred and secular; the place of the Jewish body in the natural world; and the comforts and distortions of Jewish nostalgia.
Miriam Udel

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4-5:30pm
10 sessions: June 30, July 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30.

Tuition: $200; financial aid available.

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