"Holocaust Literature in Translation" now available for UMN student enrollment

Thanks to our friends at the Center for Jewish Study
August 21, 2020

LANG 3751: Holocaust Literature in Translation

The Center for Jewish Studies wishes to note that the LANG 3751 listing directs students who have a basic reading knowledge of Yiddish to the 1 credit add-on, which has a separate number, LANG 2133. Students wishing to enroll in the 1 credit add-on must first contact Dr. Shandler for permission, shandler@rutgers.edu, and then convey that permission to the Language Center, elsie@umn.edu, for the registration permission number. 

Holocaust Literature in Translation
Rutgers University, Department of Jewish Studies

Course no.: 01:563:365:01
BTAA CourseShare Fall 2020
(September 1 – December 10: This course will be taught asynchronously online -- there are no required synchronous sessions.)
Prof. Jeffrey Shandler
shandler@rutgers.edu

Course Description:

Some of the most compelling responses to the Holocaust are in Yiddish, the first language of the majority of Jews living in Europe before World War II. In this course we will examine works of memoir, fiction, poetry, song, and film, created on the eve of the war through the turn of the twenty-first century. As we consider the role of Yiddish in relation to the Holocaust, we will discover the radical transformation of the language as a result of the mass murder of its speakers in Europe. We explore how Yiddish has been used to respond to the genocide, both to remember those who were killed, and to recall their prewar way of life, and we will consider the significance of translating these works into English.

All course materials are in English. This course has no prerequisites.
NOTE: Students enrolled in Holocaust Literature in Translation who have basic reading knowledge of Yiddish have the option to register for an additional, one-credit “add-on” course, in which we will read selected works that are assigned for Holocaust Literature in Translation in the original. This add-on course will meet synchronously, once a week, at a time to be arranged. Please contact Prof. Shandler for more information: shandler@rutgers.edu

Prof. Shandler is Distinguished Professor of Jewish Studies at Rutgers University. He has written several books on Holocaust remembrance and on Yiddish culture, including While America Watches: Televising the Holocaust, Adventures in Yiddishland: Postvernacular Language and Culture, and Holocaust Memory in the Digital Age: Survivors’ Stories and New Media Practices. His next book, Yiddish:Biography of a Language, will be published by Oxford University Press this fall.