Introduction to Old Yiddish Literature

Hardcover | June 15, 2005

byJean Baumgarten, Jerold C. Frakes

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Jean Baumgarten's Introduction to Old Yiddish Literature, thoroughly revised from the first edition and translated into English, provides students and scholars of medieval, Renaissance, and early modern European cultures with an exemplary survey of the broad and deep literary tradition inYiddish. Baumgarten conceives of his work as the study of an entire culture via its literature, and thus he conceives of literature in a broad sense: he begins with four chapters addressing pertinent issues of the larger cultural context of the literature and moves on to a consideration of theprimary genres in which the culture is expressed (epic, romance, prose narrative, drama, biblical translation and commentary, ethical and moral treatises, prayers, and the broad range of literature of daily use - medical, legal, and historical). In the field of early Yiddish studies the book will bethe standard of intellectual breadth and scholarly excellence for decades to come. In this second edition, the hundreds of text citations and bibliographical references that are the scholarly basis of the study have been verified, and the citations translated anew directly from the originalsource.

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Jean Baumgarten's Introduction to Old Yiddish Literature, thoroughly revised from the first edition and translated into English, provides students and scholars of medieval, Renaissance, and early modern European cultures with an exemplary survey of the broad and deep literary tradition inYiddish. Baumgarten conceives of his work as the...

Jean Baumgarten is Directeur de Recherche (CNRS), Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Centre d' Etudes Juives, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales. Jerold C. Frakes is Professor of Comparative Literature, University of Southern California.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:480 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.22 inPublished:June 15, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199276331

ISBN - 13:9780199276332

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Table of Contents

1. The Invention of a Language: Yiddish among the European Vernaculars2. The Emergence of Yiddish Literature and the Crisis in Jewish Society3. The Printing, Distribution, and Audience of Yiddish Books4. Bilingualism and the Development of Old Yiddish LIterature5. Yiddish Bibles6. Medieval Epic and Romance in Yiddish7. Elia Bahur Levita and the `romanzo cavalleresco'8. Books of Morality and Custom9. Prayer in the Vernacular10. Yiddish Narrative11. Terrestrial Suffering in a Topsy-Turvy WorldConclusion: From the Old to the New