Ruth Wisse

Ruth Wisse

Ruth R. Wisse is professor of Yiddish and Comparative Literature at Harvard University, and former Chair of its Center for Jewish Studies. Her most recent book is No Joke: Making Jewish Humor. Her other books include The Modern Jewish Canon: A Journey through Language and Culture, which won a National Jewish Book Award, and The Schlemiel as Modern Hero. 

Interviews with Ruth Wisse

The best books on Jewish Humour, recommended by Ruth Wisse

Ruth Wisse, Martin Peretz Professor of Yiddish Literature and Comparative Literature Emerita at Harvard and¬†author of No Joke: Making Jewish Humour,¬†identifies Tevye the Dairyman as the first standup comic and Sigmund Freud as Jewish humour’s greatest analyst.

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