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Author Frieden, Ken, 1955-

Title Classic Yiddish fiction : Abramovitsh, Sholem Aleichem, and Peretz / Ken Frieden
Published Albany, NY : State University of New York Press, 1995


Description 1 online resource (xii, 364 pages) : illustrations, maps
Series SUNY series in modern Jewish literature and culture
SUNY series in modern Jewish literature and culture
Contents Front Matter -- Front Cover -- Half Title Page -- Title Page -- Copyright Page -- Table of Contents -- FIGURES AND TABLES -- PREFACE -- Contents -- Introduction -- Abramovitsh -- The Grandfather of Yiddish Literature -- S.Y. Abramovitsh: Mendele and the Origins of Modern Yiddish Fiction -- Satire and Parody in Abramovitsh's Later Fiction -- Sholem Aleichem -- The Grandson: Trials of a Yiddish Humoris -- Sholem Aleichem's ""Jewish Novels"" -- Tevye the Dairyman and His Daughters' Rebellion -- Social Criticism in Sholem Aleichem's Monologues -- Sholem Aleichem's Monologues of Mastery -- Peretz
The Father of Another Literary Family -- I.L. Peretz: Monologue and Madnessin the Early Stories -- Irony In I.L. Peretz's Chassidic Tales -- Back Matter -- Conclusion -- ABBREVIATIONS -- SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY -- INDEX OF AUTHORS AND WORKS -- Back Cover
Summary Annotation Yiddish literature, despite its remarkable achievements during an era bounded by Russian reforms in the 1860s and the First World War, has never before been surveyed by a scholarly monograph in English. Classic Yiddish Fiction provides an overview and interprets the Yiddish fiction of S.Y. Abramovitsh, Sholem Aleichem, and I.L. Peretz. While analyzing their works, Frieden situates these three authors in their literary world and in relation to their cultural contexts. Two or three generations ago, Yiddish was the primary language of Jews in Europe and America. Today, following the Nazi genocide and half a century of vigorous assimilation, Yiddish is sinking into oblivion. By providing a bridge to the lost continent of Yiddish literature, Frieden returns to those European traditions. This journey back to Ashkenazic origins also encompasses broader horizons, since the development of Yiddish culture in Europe and America parallels the history of other ethnic traditions
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Mendele Mokher Sefarim, 1835-1917 -- Criticism and interpretation
Sholem Aleichem, 1859-1916 -- Criticism and interpretation
Peretz, Isaac Leib, 1851 or 1852-1915 -- Criticism and interpretation
Mendele Mokher Sefarim, 1835-1917
Peretz, Isaac Leib, 1851 or 1852-1915
Sholem Aleichem, 1859-1916
Social problems in literature.
Satire, Yiddish -- History and criticism
LITERARY CRITICISM -- European -- German.
Satire, Yiddish
Social problems in literature
Literatura hebraica.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0585046026