Modern Yiddish Literature in Translation

Instructor: David Schlitt
Wednesdays 7 to 8:30 p.m.
3 Sessions: May 20, 27 and June 3, 2020

Derided for much of its history as a primitive “zhargon” (jargon), Yiddish, the language of Ashkenazic Jewry, bloomed into a vital world literature during the 19th and 20th century. Between 1860 and 1940, Yiddish publishers released three-thousand different periodicals and over 50,000 book titles. Join David Schlitt for a three-part study session on modern Yiddish literature in translation. Selections will include poetry and prose from all corners of the Yiddish-speaking world, and material from figures both well-known and overlooked. There is no fee. Please register by emailing A Zoom invite will be sent directly to you.