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Sunday, June 9 • 3:45pm - 4:45pm
The Dybbuk: star-crossed lovers in the shtetl

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One of the best Yiddish movies, The Dybbuk (Poland, 1937), unites a detailed portrayal of Jewish folkways in the shtetl with universal themes of love, longing and the spiritual. Chonen and Leah are destined for each other, but after Chonen's early death, his spirit enters Leah's body as a 'dybbuk'. This presentation, including film clips, will explore some of the folkloric motifs in the film and reflect on why it continues to have universal appeal.

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Beatrice Caplan

Beatrice (Brukhe) Lang Caplan holds a PhD in Yiddish Studies from Columbia University and has taught Yiddish Language and Culture in many places, including The Jewish Theological Seminary of America, Harvard University and the Uriel Weinreich Program at the YIVO Institute in New York. She currently teaches at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore and is a writer for the new animated Yiddish language program YiddishPOP. Her visit to Australia... Read More →

Sunday June 9, 2013 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Scientia Building Ritchie Theatre

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