Sea travel was an influential literary genre in Europe in the eighteenth century, and this genre subsequently influenced enlightened and Hasidic Jewish circles. As a result, the genre of sea narratives assumed a significant role in the rise of modern Hebrew and Yiddish literature. This article considers the place of Yiddish sea narratives—adapted from Campe's Reisebeschreibungen and in Hasidic writings—in the early nineteenth century. Both enlightened and Hasidic authors played a role in shaping modern Yiddish and Hebrew prose.

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