Conference Proceeding: Yiddish Literature in Translation

Yiddish literature is being widely translated into English today. For example, the new Norton anthology Have I Got a Story for You: More Than a Century of Fiction from The Forward showcases a wide range of Yiddish literary offerings translated by some of today's leading Yiddish translators. A plethora of translated full-length volumes by Yiddish writers have also appeared recently. This session will provide case studies of three distinguished Yiddish writers - Blume Lempel, Yenta Mash, and Joseph Opatoshu - and the efforts to render their writing into English. Focus will be given to the author's lives, their oeuvre as a whole, and narrative strategies as well as the translators' overall selection and translation process.

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