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Introduction to Old Yiddish Literature
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Introduction to Old Yiddish Literature

Jean Baumgarten and Jerold C. Frakes


This book provides a survey of the broad and deep literary tradition in Yiddish. The book is a study of an entire culture via its literature, and thus it sees literature in a broad sense. It begins with four chapters addressing pertinent issues of the larger cultural context of the literature and moves on to a consideration of the primary 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.

Keywords: literary tradition, Yiddish, literature, cultural context, epic romance, prose narrative, drama, biblical translation, commentary, prayers

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780199276332
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199276332.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jean Baumgarten, author
Directeur de Recherche (CNRS), Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Centre d'Études Juives, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales

Jerold C. Frakes, editor
Professor of Comparative Literature, University of Southern California

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