The Mystery and Romance of Shund

The Mystery and Romance of Shund

In this episode, we speak with Saul Noam Zaritt. Saul is an Associate Professor of Yiddish Literature in the Department of Comparative Literature at Harvard University and the author of Jewish American Writing and World Literature: Maybe to Millions, Maybe to Nobody. Saul discusses Yiddish shund literature or, Yiddish trash literature. Through shund novels, Devin explores Yiddish modernity, cultural diffusion, and provides a glimpse into the types of stories that circulated in the Yiddish press outside of the canonized tales.

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