The Emergence Of Early Yiddish Literature: Cultural Translation In Ashkenaz

Hardcover | June 26, 2017

byJerold C. Frakes

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While much early Yiddish literature belonged to pious genres, quasi-secular genres-epic, drama, and lyric-also developed. Jerold Frakes contends that the historical context of the emergence of Yiddish literature is an essential factor in any understanding of its cultural relevance in a time and place where Jewish life was defined by expulsions, massacres, and discriminatory legislation that profoundly altered European Judaism and shook the very foundations of traditional Jewish society.

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While much early Yiddish literature belonged to pious genres, quasi-secular genres-epic, drama, and lyric-also developed. Jerold Frakes contends that the historical context of the emergence of Yiddish literature is an essential factor in any understanding of its cultural relevance in a time and place where Jewish life was defined by ex...

Jerold Frakes is SUNY Distinguished Professor of English at the University at Buffalo.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:308 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.98 inPublished:June 26, 2017Publisher:Indiana University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0253025516

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Table of Contents

Preface
Abbreviations
Acknowledgements
1. Introduction
2. "Whither am I to Go?": Old Yiddish Love Song in a European Context
3. (Non-)Intersecting Parallel Lives: Pasquino in Rome and on the Rialto
4. Purimplay as Political Action in Diasporic Europe and/as Ancient Persia
5. Queen Vashti and Political Revolution: Gender Politics in a Topsy-Turvy World
6. The Political Liminality of Mordecai in Early Ashkenaz
7. Feudal Bridal-Quest Turned on its Jewish Head
8. The Other of Another Other: Yiddish Epic's Discarded Muslim Enemy
9. Conclusion
Appendix: Elia Levita's Short Poems (English translation)
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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"Jerold Frakes raises particularly poignant questions on how the work of Christians influenced Jewish society." -Edward Fram, author of My Dear Daughter: Rabbi Benjamin Slonik and the Education of Jewish Women in Sixteenth-Century Poland