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Mendele and the Explosion of the Yiddish Literature
Ted Steinberg, Distinguished Teaching Professor at SUNY Fredonia, speaks about his interest in Mendele Mocher Sforim (Sholem Yankev Abramovich) and the similarities between the rise of Yiddish literature in the nineteenth century and the rise of the English novel in the eighteenth.
This is an excerpt from an oral history with Theodore (Ted) Steinberg.
This excerpt is in English.
Theodore (Ted) Steinberg was born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1947.
This interview is part of the Yiddish in the Academy: scholars, language instructors, and students series.
Other video highlights from this oral history
Mendele and the Explosion of the Yiddish Literature1 minute 49 seconds
An Auspicious Friendship1 minute 55 seconds
Yiddish For Secrets?1 minute 4 seconds
Yiddish Literature Excluded From Anthologies1 minute 29 seconds
Teaching, Delighting, and Doing the Right Thing: On Literature2 minutes 41 seconds
Yiddish LIterature as Part of Larger Western Tradition1 minute 33 seconds
"Whatever Yiddish You Can Learn, Learn It"1 minute 20 seconds
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Since 2010, the Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project has recorded more than 500 in-depth video interviews that provide a deeper understanding of the Jewish experience and the legacy and changing nature of Yiddish language and culture.
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