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JWC2610 - Yiddish Writers in Translation

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader: Danielle Charak


Clayton First semester 2007 (Day)


This subject covers the diversity of Yiddish literary life against the backdrop of 19th and 20th century social-cultural influences. Through the works of classical Eastern European Yiddish writers, as well as those who settled in the United States and Australia, students will examine themes related to the changing traditional patterns of Jewish life in response to modernity - exile and the search for belonging; faith and doubt; acculturation and assimilation; immigration and nostalgia; memory and preservation. Students will also consider how Yiddish writers have incorporated and interpreted folk genres, as well as biblical and chassidic tales in their works.


On successful completion of this subject students will be able to:


2,000 word essay: 40%
500 word seminar paper and presentation: 10%
2 X 500 word reading reports: 20%
One hour exam: 30%

Contact hours

One-hour lecture followed by a 90-minute seminar


First year sequence in Jewish Civilisation or English; or 12 points at level 2 in Jewish Civilisation or English; or by special permission.