Russian Writers Class Resources

Below please find materials for the Russian Writers class with Dr. Wendy Zierler, Summer 2019.

Books to purchase:

  1. "The Collected Stories of Isaac Babel" is available for purchase on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.
  2. "To Tread on New Ground": Selected Hebrew Writings of Hava Shapiro by Wendy Zierler and Carole Balin is available for purchase on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

Class 1 - Hayim Nahman Bialik

  1. Class Handout - Bialik and the Modern Hebrew Revival
  2. Isaiah 6 and Isaiah 3
  3. Psalm 137
  4. Wendy Zierler's "From Kiev to Odessa"
  5. In The City of the Slaughter Prooftexts Translation

Class 2 - Isaac Babel

  1. Selected readings from "The Collected Stories of Isaac Babel":
    Shabbos Nakhamu, “Line and Color”
    Red Cavalry Stories particularly: “Crossing the River Zbrucz,” “A Letter,” “Italian Sun,” “Gedali,” My First Goose,” The Rabbi,” “The Road to Brody,” “The Rabbi’s Son”
    “In the Basement,” “The Story of my Dovecote,” and “First Love”
  2. Podcast: Nathan Englander reads 'The Story of My Dovecote"
  3. Dr. Zierler's powerpoint from Class 2 (Isaac Babel)

Class 3 - Hava Shapiro

  1. Sources for "Kiddush Levana"
  2. Selected readings from "To Tread on New Ground": 
    Preface to Kovets Tsiyyurim, p. 36
    Hashoshanah (The Rose), p. 37
    Betulah zekeinah (Old Maid), p. 53
    Kiddush Levanah (Sanctification of the Moon), p. 86
    Ha’ahim miSlavuta (The Brothers from Slavuta), p. 93
    Yemei Hanukkah (Hanukkah Days), p. 120
    Selections from her diary (pp. p. 145-158, p.185, 203-204)
    “You Must Not Forget,” p. 315
    “Notes From Ukraine,” p. 321
  3. Preface to Kovets Tsiyyurim and Kiddush Levanah (in Hebrew)

Class 4 - Yokheved Bat Miriam

  1. “There is a Silent Surrender,” by Yokheved Bat Miriam
  2. Selections from Merahok
  3. Modern Hebrew Poetry and The Modern Hebrew Poem Itself
  4. Kadosh! Kadosh! Kadosh!_Kedushah in Secular Hebrew Poetry