Professor Rebecca Margolis

Professor Rebecca Margolis is the Pratt Foundation Chair of Jewish Civilisation at Monash University. Her scholarship focusses on Yiddish linguistic continuity and cultural production to include education, publication, performance, and cinema in Canada has appeared in Jewish Roots, Canadian Soil: Yiddish Culture in Montreal, 1905-1945 and Yiddish Lives On: Strategies of Language Transmission. Her latest book, The Yiddish Supernatural on Screen: Dybbuks, Demons and a Haunted Jewish Past draws on her research of Yiddish dialogue in a corpus of international movies and television over the last twenty years. Her current project investigates how and why Yiddish in American film and television is heard as funny.


Yiddish hauntings in new fiction and film

Join Tali Lavi in conversation with Eleanor Reissa, Leah Kaminsky and Rebecca Margolis as they speak of the power of Yiddish in representing the Ashkenazi Jewish experience in new fiction, television and film. What happens when today’s artists employ Yiddish in their work? This session will draw upon the mysterious and the uncanny in reimagining...

Sunday August 18, 2024