Andrey Bredstein

Andrey Bredstein ImageDepartment: German Studies

Title: Instructor of Yiddish Language, Literature, and Culture

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Office: 324 Modern Languages Building

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Office Hours: Monday 1:00-2:00 pm and Wednesday 11:00 am -12:00 pm


A native of Simferopol, Ukraine, Andrey Bredstein studied history and literature at Moscow State University (M.A., 1993), and continued his studies at the University of Texas where he received his M.A. in Yiddish Studies in 2004, and Ph.D. in Hebrew Studies in 2012. His dissertation focused on life and work of a Jewish modernist writer Uri-Nisn Gnesin (1879-1913), whose dual Jewish-Russian identity affected his literary work in a much more complex way than simply
providing him with a bilingual background or knowledge of classic texts. 

Since 1998, Bredstein has taught a variety of courses on Yiddish language and literature to a diverse international student body in Russia, Ukraine, Lithuania and the US.  

Bredstein's research interests include Jewish literature and history, multilingualism, and the relation between languages and mentality.

Recent publications:

Rev. of Culture Front: Representing Jews in Eastern Europe, ed. by Benjamin Nathans and Gabriella Safran. The Journal of Jewish Identities 2 (2009): 79-80.