In the Demon's Bedroom Yiddish Literature and the Early Modern Jeremy Dauber

Publication date:
14 Dec 2010
Yale University Press
416 pages: 235 x 156 x 29mm
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This important study is the first to offer a sustained look at a variety of early modern Yiddish masterworks—and their writers and readers—paying particular attention to their treatment of supernatural themes and beings.

Jeremy Dauber is the Atran Associate Professor of Yiddish Language, Literature, and Culture at Columbia University and the director of Columbia’s Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies.

Beautifully argued . . . extremely sophisticated and convincing . . . In the Demon's Bedroom will offer literary studies a new and important means of discussing early modern texts."—Leah Garrett, Monash University

"Utterly original . . . Dauber's rehabilitation of Old Yiddish Literature, his attempt to rescue it from the German and Italian ghettos, is something markedly new.  If you love to be shepherded through exotic realms, if you are excited by big ideas, this is the book for you."—David Roskies, Jewish Theological Seminary