The Highs and Lows of Sholem Aleichem: Yiddish Literature and the Pursuit of Popular Writing

Sunday, November 12, 2017 - 9:00am to Monday, November 13, 2017 - 12:00pm
The Pyle Center, Rooms 325 & 326, 702 Langdon St., Madison, WI

A century after his death, Sholem Aleichem still captures the imagination. The man behind Fiddler on the Roof, he introduced work that has left an indelible imprint on American culture. But how are we to understand the legacy of this artist? Was he a writer for the masses or a stylist of the highest literary order? And what is at stake in categorizing his literary legacy? Bringing together scholars, journalists, and fiction writers, this conference will reassess Sholem Aleichem’s literary reception and remap the boundaries of popular Yiddish culture.

For full event details, please visit https://jewishstudies.wisc.edu/sholem-aleichem-conference/

Co-sponsored event hosted by the George L. Mosse/Laurence A. Weinstein Center for Jewish Studies.