Sunny Yudkoff

Senior Lecturer in Yiddish

Sunny Yudkoff teaches Yiddish language and culture to students at all levels. Previously, she has taught Yiddish and Hebrew literature at Harvard University, where she completed her dissertation entitled, “‘Let it Be Consumption!’: Modern Jewish Writing and the Literary Capital of Tuberculosis.” This dissertation, situated at the methodological intersection of Comparative Literature and the History of Medicine, recuperates tuberculosis as a mediator of Jewish literary history. Her project explores the texts and lives of such writers as Sholem Aleichem, H. Leivick, Yehoash, Raḥel, David Fogel, and Aharon Appelfeld and ranges across sites from Badenweiler to Tel Aviv to Denver. Her most recent article theorizes the concept of "tubercular capital," as it pertains to the production and dissemination of Yiddish literature (Literature and Medicine, Fall 2013). She has also written on the self-fashioning of the American Jewish writer Mary Antin (Studies in American Jewish Literature, Spring 2013). Her interests include: comparative Jewish literature, the cultural experience of illness and disease, the sanatorium as a space of literary production, the sociology of literature, and the maintenance of literary networks. Sunny is also a recent member of the Posen Society of Fellows, a recipient of the Vivian Lefsky Hort Memorial Fellowship from the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research and on the Editorial Board In geveb: A Digital Journal of Yiddish Studies. Read about her work in Yiddish.

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