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Rebecca Margolis

University of Ottawa

Rebecca (Rivke) Margolis is a professor and Pratt Foundation Chair of Jewish Civilisation at the Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation at Monash University. Her research focuses on Yiddish culture, notably New Yiddish Cinema. She is the author of Jewish Roots, Canadian Soil: Yiddish Culture in Montreal, 1905-1945 and Yiddish Lives On: Strategies of Language Transmission. Her current research on new Yiddish cinema investigates the production of twenty-first century feature fiction film and television with Yiddish dialogue.She is working on a book called The Supernatural in New Yiddish Cinema: Dybbuks, Demons and a Haunted Jewish Past as well as a study of the trope of Yiddish as funny on American Television.

RELATED ARTICLES

Interview

An Interview with Simon Starr of YID! on their new album, ZETS!

Rebecca Margolis

ZETS! is the second album of the Melbourne-based band, YID!

Pedagogy

Yiddish Film Activities for the Language Classroom: Teaching with Mamele

Rebecca Margolis

Using a short scene from the 1938 film Mamele (dir. Joseph Green, Konrad Tom), Rebecca Margolis demonstrates how short excerpts of Yiddish films can be used to address specific aspects of Yiddish dialect, grammar and idiom, and translation in the Yiddish language classroom. 

Article

New Yiddish Film and the Transvernacular

Rebecca Margolis

The study of Yiddish cinema gets updated for the twenty-first century, Margolis explores how the language is being used in film in the last decade. 

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