By Jerold C. Frakes

This quantity is the 1st accomplished anthology of early Yiddish literature (from its beginnings within the 12th century to the sunrise of contemporary Yiddish within the mid-eighteenth century) for multiple hundred years. It comprises the huge diversity of genres that outline the corpus: Arthurian romance, heroic epic, satire, lyric, drama, biblical/midrashic epic, devotional literature, biblical translations, glosses, drugs, magic, felony texts, oaths, letters, legends, autobiography, travelogue, fables, riddles, and experience stories. 100 and thirty texts within the unique Hebrew alphabet, edited anew from the earliest extant resources, are supplied with introductory headnotes that come with precise details relating assets, writer (if known), the examine literature, and where of the textual content within the literary culture.

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Vol. 5: Auseinandersetzungen um jiddische Sprache und Liter atur, Judische Komponenten in der deutschen Literatur—die Assimilationskontroverse, ed. Walter Roll and Hans-Peter Bayerdorfer (Tubingen: Niemeyer, 1986). Herbert Loewe, Catalogue of the Manuscripts in the Loewe Hebrew Character Collected and Bequeathed to Trinity College Library by the Late William Aldis Wright (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1926) [citation by catalogue item number]. George Margoliouth, Catalogue of the Hebrew and the Margoliouth Samaritan Manuscripts in the British Museum, 4 vols.

174 (Turku, 1971); 3: Lexikon. Acta, ser. , vol. 182 (Turku 1973). Microfiche collection of early Yiddish books, ed. O. Box 11205, 2301 EE Leiden, Netherlands [microfiche; citation by catalogue number; in earlier scholarship sometimes referred to as Yiddish Books on Microfiche or YBM, a title the collection no longer bears]. International Folklore Review: Folklore Studies from IFR Overseas. Journal of English and Germanic Philology. JEGP Journal of Jewish Studies. , UCLA, 1963). Judaic Poems' Kontroversen, alte und neue: Akten des VII.

Liv Introduction French-speaking countries. But for whom should a collection of Old and Middle Yiddish texts be assembled? There are very few secondary schools taught in Yiddish (practically all of them in various orthodox communities, which would have little interest in early Yiddish), and no national universities, no Institutes for Advanced Yiddish Studies, no Yiddish-land, and not even a handful of full-scale university departments of Yiddish. Obviously, then, the audience for early Yiddish cannot be defined according to conventional standards; but that audience does exist, in fact in rather astonishing numbers.

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