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HEBR7515 / HEBRG014 Yiddish Folk Culture
HEBR7515 Undergraduate and full year Junior Year Abroad (JYA)
HEBR7515A Term 1 JYA students
Dr Helen Beer
Mode of assessment:
UG and full year JYA: 2 essays, 3 pieces of coursework and final exam
Term 1 JYA: 1 essay, 3 pieces of coursework and an oral presentation
Graduate: Final exam and coursework
In Terms 1 and 2
Thursdays, 1100-1300 in Room 321 Foster Court
This course introduces students to a variety of Yiddish folk culture genres including folksongs, folktales, proverbs and sayings, folk remedies, riddles and jokes. The study of Yiddish folklore and its prominent folklorists and ethnographers will be examined. Texts will be in Yiddish.
- Background to the study of Yiddish Folk Culture
Definitions of Folklore and Ethnography. The YIVO and its Folklore Section. Observations about earliest collectors of Yiddish folk material, theories and approaches.
- The Folksong
- The Folktale
- Folk Remedies
- Shprikhverter un rednsartn/ Proverbs and Sayings
- Jokes, Riddles
- The Study and Gathering of Folk materials
The practitioners and their work. Sh. Anski's Ethnographic Expedition.
Preliminary Reading / Bibliography (Further Bibliography will be issued upon commencement of the course)
- Encyclopedia Judaica: Entries on Folklore; YIVO
- Lucy Dawidowicz, 'The YIVO: The Ministry of Yiddish', Chp 4 in From That Place and Time (NY, London: W.W.Norton and Co., 1989)
- David E. Fishman, The Rise of Modern Yiddish Culture (Univ. of Pittsburgh Press, 2005)
- Itzik Gottesman, Defining the Yiddish Nation: Folklorists of Poland (Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2005)
- James A. Matisoff, Blessings, Curses, Hopes and Fears (Stanford Univ. Press, 2000)
- Ruth Rubin, Voices of a People (NY: A.S.Barnes and Co., 1963)
- Beatrice Silberman Weinreich, ed., Yiddish Folktales (NY: Pantheon/YIVO, 1988)
Undergraduates and full year JYA students will have two essays and three pieces of
coursework. Plus a final exam.
JYA Term 1 only will have one essay, three pieces of coursework and an oral presentation.
Graduate students have an exam and coursework.
(Details on HJS website)
ESSAY NO 1. 2,500-3,000 words (TOPICS FOR ESSAY NO. 2 WILL BE GIVEN DURING TERM 1)
DUE: Thursday 6 December 2012
Choose ONE of the following essay titles.
1. Compare and contrast 6-10 Yiddish folksongs from one particular genre. Discuss content, style, regionalisms and anything that may help you to define that genre. What is particularly Jewish about the songs you have chosen.
2. Folklorists in their writings often use the words 'oral', 'transmission', 'tradition', 'authentic', 'communal'. Discuss Yiddish folksong in relation to these words. Illustrate your discussion with examples from song texts.
3. Compare and contrast ONE of the Yiddish folktales you have read with one of
the tales in Beatrice Weinreich's collection.
Discuss content, theme, narrative style, language, type of tale and the presence of universal and Jewish subjects.