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Early Yiddish Epic (Judaic Traditions in Literature, Music, by Jerold Frakes

By Jerold Frakes

Unlike so much different old ecu, close to jap, and Mediterranean
civilizations, Jewish tradition strangely built no early epic tradition:
whereas the Bible includes a extensive variety of literary genres, epic is not
between them. now not until eventually the overdue medieval interval, starting within the fourtheeth
century, did an in depth and thriving epic culture emerge in Yiddish.
one of the few dozen extant early epics, there are numerous masterpieces,
of which ten are translated into English during this quantity. Divided between
the non secular and the secular, the e-book contains 8 epics provided in
their entirety, an illustrative excerpt from one other epic, and a short heroic
prose tale.These texts were selected because the most sensible and the main attention-grabbing representatives
of the style when it comes to cultural background and literary quality:
the pious "epicizing" of biblical narrative, the swashbuckling medieval
courtly epic, Arthurian romance, heroic vignettes, highbrow excessive paintings, and
renowned camp.

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