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Unit 1

Landmark Yiddish Plays by Joel Berkowitz and Jeremy Dauber

The Purim Anthology by Philip Goldman

Rewriting Russia Jacob Gordin’s Yiddish Drama by Barbara Henry

The Rise of the Modern Yiddish Theater: Avrom Goldfaden and the Jewish Stage by Alyssa Quint

Unit 2

The Moscow Yiddish Theater: Art on Stage in the Time of Revolution by Benjamin Harshav

In search of milk and honey: the theater of "Soviet Jewish Statehood" (1934-49) by Ber Boris Kotlerman

Yiddish Theater in London by David Mazower

The Detroit Yiddish Theater, 1920 to 1937 by James Miller

New York’s Yiddish Theater: From the Bowery to Broadway ed. Edna Nahshon

The Moscow State Yiddish Theater: Jewish Culture on the Soviet Stage by Jeffrey Veidlinger

Unit 3

Yiddish Empire: The Vilna Troupe, Jewish Theater, and the Art of Itinerancy by Debra Caplan

Yiddish Proletarian Theatre: The Art and Politics of the ARTEF, 1925- 1940 by Edna Nahshon

“Modicut Puppet Theatre: Modernism, Satire, and Yiddish Culture." by Edward Portnoy

Tenement Songs: The Popular Songs of Jewish Immigrants by Mark Slobin

Unit 4

On Stage, Off Stage: Memories of a Lifetime in the Yiddish Theatre by Luba Kadison

My Life, My Theater by Ida Kaminska

Tales of the Yiddish Rialto: Reminicences of Playwrights and Players in New York’s Jewish Theater in the Early 1900s by Louis Lipsky

Molly!: An Autobiography by Molly Picon

Bei Mir Bistu Schon: The Life of Sholem Secunda by Victoria Secunda

Der Payatz : Around the World with Yiddish Theater by Herman Yablokoffs

Unit 5

Shakespeare on the American Yiddish Stage by Joel Berkowitz

Nostalgia in Jewish-American Theatre and Film, 1979-2004 by Ben Furnish

Visions, Images, and Dreams: Yiddish Films, Past and Present by Eric Goldman

A Bridge of Light: Yiddish Films Between Two Worlds by J. Hoberman

The Theater Art of Boris Aronson by Rich, Frank, and Lisa Aronson

General Resource Recommendations

Inventing the Modern Yiddish Stage: Essays on Drama, Performance, and Show Business by Joel Berkowitz

Jewish Theatre: A Global View by Edna Nahshon

Vagabond Stars: A World History of Yiddish Theatre by Nahma Sandrow

A Tale of Two Museums: Ester Rachel Kaminska Theater Museum Collection