A growing collection of in-depth interviews with people of all ages and backgrounds, whose stories about the legacy and changing nature of Yiddish language and culture offer a rich and complex chronicle of Jewish identity.
Teaching, Delighting, and Doing the Right Thing: On Literature
Ted Steinberg, Distinguished Teaching Professor at SUNY Fredonia, echoing Philip Sidney's proclamation that the role of poetry is "to teach and to delight," shares his thoughts regarding the moral dimension that he feels is inherent to the proper study of literature.
This is an excerpt from an oral history with Theodore Steinberg.
This excerpt is in English.
This interview is part of the Yiddish in the Academy: scholars, language instructors, and students series.
Other video highlights from this oral history
Teaching, Delighting, and Doing the Right Thing: On Literature2 minutes 41 seconds
Mendele and the Explosion of the Yiddish Literature1 minute 49 seconds
Yiddish LIterature as Part of Larger Western Tradition1 minute 33 seconds
Yiddish For Secrets?1 minute 4 seconds
An Auspicious Friendship1 minute 55 seconds
Yiddish Literature Excluded From Anthologies1 minute 29 seconds
"Whatever Yiddish You Can Learn, Learn It"1 minute 20 seconds
About the Wexler Oral History Project
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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