The Emergence of Early Yiddish Literature

Cultural Translation in Ashkenaz

by Jerold C. Frakes

Published by: Indiana University Press

352 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 x 0.00 in

  • Hardcover
  • 9780253025517
  • Published: June 2017


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  • 9780253025685
  • Published: June 2017


While much early Yiddish literature belonged to pious genres, quasi-secular genres—epic, drama, and lyric—also developed. Jerold Frakes contends that the historical context of the emergence of Yiddish literature is an essential factor in any understanding of its cultural relevance in a time and place where Jewish life was defined by expulsions, massacres, and discriminatory legislation that profoundly altered European Judaism and shook the very foundations of traditional Jewish society.