Reading Yiddish Texts: Soviet Yiddish Literature, with Yael Chaver

 Yiddish Classes in the Bay Area

Soviet Yiddish literature flourished from the 1920s to the 1940s, at first supported by the Soviet State. In 1952, most of the major Soviet Jewish intellectuals were executed (Night of the Murdered Poets, August 13, 1952). We will read powerful works by avant-garde modernist writers such as the poets Peretz Markish and Itzik Fefer and the prose artists Dovid Bergelson and Moyshe Kulbak.

Reading are in Yiddish; secondary material in English. Prerequisite: one year of Yiddish or equivalent knowledge.

Tuesdays through Thursdays, 11am – 12:30pm, Fall 2020.

Yael Chaver offers this course every year, each time focusing on different literature.

Contact details

123 Dwinelle Hall U.C. BerkeleyEast Bay germanic@berkeley.edu