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Introduction to Old Yiddish literature

Author: Jean Baumgarten; Jerold C Frakes
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2005.
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"Since the Second World War the discovery of numerous significant additions to the corpus of early Yiddish literature has radically altered the content and cultural scope of the field. These discoveries have stimulated a renaissance in scholarship, which has none the less continued to be hindered by the lack of an up-to-date, comprehensive history of early Yiddish literature. With the publication, in French, of Jean  Read more...
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Named Person: Elijah Levita; Eliyahu Ba.hur.
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Jean Baumgarten; Jerold C Frakes
ISBN: 0199276331 9780199276332
OCLC Number: 57493582
Language Note: Translated from the French.
Description: xviii, 459 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: The invention of a language: Yiddish among the European vernaculars --
The emergence of Yiddish literature and the crisis in Jewish society --
The printing, distribution, and audience of Yiddish books --
Bilingualism and the development of old Yiddish literature --
Yiddish Bibles --
Medieval epic and romance in Yiddish --
Elia Levita and the romanzo cavalleresco --
Books of morality and conduct --
Prayer in the vernacular --
Yiddish narrative --
Terrestrial suffering in a topsy-turvy world.
Other Titles: Introduction à la littérature yiddish ancienne.
Responsibility: by Jean Baumgarten ; edited and translated by Jerold C. Frakes.
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Opens up to a more general audience the cultural richness of that broad and deep corpus of literature that stretches from its beginnings in the Middle Ages to the mid-eighteenth century. This book  Read more...

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