The Emergence of Early Yiddish Literature

The Emergence of Early Yiddish Literature : Cultural Translation in Ashkenaz

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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 more

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  • Hardback | 308 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 20.57mm | 612.35g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 0253025516
  • 9780253025517

Review quote

"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 "Jerold Frakes offers an excellent presentation of the Jewish vernacular as a multi-faceted, multivalent cultural phenomenon that shows the slow religious evolution and socio-cultural turn from the Middle Ages to the Early Modern period." -Jean Baumgarten, author of Introduction to Old Yiddish Literatureshow more

About Jerold C. Frakes

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

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. ConclusionAppendix: Elia Levita's Short Poems (English translation) Notes Bibliography Indexshow more