This course is a continuation of AMELANG 141A-C, which surveyed Yiddish grammar while also providing an introduction to Yiddish literature. The focus of 142 A - C will be on the development of Yiddish literature. The course will look at the changes in literary technique from the first literary experiments in the 16th century all the way to contemporary Yiddish writing. Historical and cultural forces which shaped Yiddish writing will be discussed, thereby placing Yiddish culture within a broader European context. Course material will include fiction, poetry, and critical prose, focusing on specific challenges for contemporary students in the language and cultural settings of works discussed. Assignments will combine exercises that review essential grammatical principles with written work in Yiddish that analyze classroom readings. Learning materials include as broad a range of sources as possible (written, recorded, spoken, sung), including contemporary ¿realia¿ from the religious and secular worlds. Prerequisites: All are welcome, but familiarity with material covered in 140 and 141 A-C will be assumed. Students should be ready to encounter Yiddish literature in the original. They should understand the grammatical basics, including all the cases and tenses, ¿complemented,¿ ¿modal,¿ and ¿periphrastic¿ verbs. The use of Hebrew vocabulary, drawn from both religious and modern Israeli contexts will be emphasized.