Special Guest: Prof. Miriam Udel, Ph.D., Associate Professor of German Studies and Jewish Studies at Emory University
The Shaol & Louis Pozez Memorial Lectureship Series
Wednesday, February 16, 20227:00PM-8:00PM
Live Zoom Event | Free and Open to All| Register to Attend | Event will be Recorded
“A Secular Shabbat? The Yiddish Tale in Modern Jewish Culture”
Modern Yiddish literature arose as part of a great cultural renaissance during the second half of the nineteenth century. One of the most exciting products of that rebirth was a canon of children’s literature that tried to articulate Jewish values—rooted in the ancient past yet progressive in outlook—for future generations. The secular Sabbath tale is one of the most revealing subgenres in that literary landscape. Selected examples will offer us a rich account of how Yiddish cultural leaders sought to position themselves between tradition and modernity, folklore, and children’s literature.
Prof. Miriam Udel, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of German Studies and Jewish Studies at Emory University, where her teaching focuses on the Yiddish language, literature, and culture. She holds an AB in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations and a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature, both from Harvard University.