This mini-course series considers how Yiddish literature written by women addresses Yiddish works that reflect on a range of questions about class, sexuality, family relations, immigration, politics, economics, and more. Many critics used to claim that women wrote primarily poetry or memoirs in Yiddish. Why might this be so? Increasingly, though, novels and short stories by women writers have also become available in English translation. Why were these works largely ignored? The course will explore how a range of female writers responded to tradition and to the opportunities and challenges of the modern world. This course is taught by Anita Norich, Tikva Frymer-Kensky Collegiate Professor Emerita of English and Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan.
Additional courses in this series will be held on December 6, and December 13, 2021, from 7:00 PM - 8:00 pm.