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Center for Jewish Studies Presents

"A Sabbath for Socialists: Yiddish Children’s Literature Between Sacred and Secular"

3/31/19, 7:30 PM

About this event

A literature for Yiddish speaking children flourished during the early decades of the twentieth century, a time of rapid modernization when large numbers of Eastern European Jews became urban and secular. Distinguished authors and pedagogues alike crafted stories, poems and plays to model the politically progressive, ethically engaged values that they hoped to foster in the next generation. Against that backdrop, we nevertheless discern a subgenre of tales that valorized  Sabbath observance under adverse circumstances. We will examine why such stories flowed from the pens of socialist leaders both Bundist and Zionist—and what they came to signify.

Miriam Udel is associate professor of German Studies and Jewish Studies at Emory University, where her teaching focuses on Yiddish language, literature, and culture. She holds an AB in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from Harvard University, as well as a PhD in Comparative Literature from the same institution. She is the author of Never Better!: The Modern Jewish Picaresque (University of Michigan Press, 2016), winner of a National Jewish Book Award in Modern Jewish Thought and Experience. Her annotated, translated anthology of Yiddish children’s literature, Honey on the Page, is slated to appear with New York University Press in Fall 2019.

Cosponsored by:
English, German, Scandinavian & Dutch, Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies
Event Location
  • Darchei Noam Congregation
  • 2950 Joppa Ave S
  • Minneapolis MN
  • USA