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Monday, June 10 • 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Yiddish cabaret in Israel, Yinglish comedy in America, and the language(s) of Jewish humour

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This presentation will consider some of the popular Yiddish cabaret recordings made in Israel during the 1960s by Shimon Dzigan (1905-1980), as well as the American comedy recordings of Mickey Katz (1909-1985), to consider the role of Yiddish in creating a discourse for modern Jewish comedy. In the post-War era, Yiddish by no means disappears from Jewish popular culture, but it is transformed from a lingua franca into a language that signifies the disruption and miscommunication between Jews in an era that demands the use of a national language. Prior knowledge of Yiddish is helpful but not required; glossaries and translations available for participants.

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Marc Caplan

Marc Caplan is the Zelda and Myer Tandetnik Professor of Yiddish Literature, Language, and Culture at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland (USA). In addition to his book, How Strange the Change: Language, Temporality, and Narrative Form in Peripheral Modernism (2011), he is the author of several articles as well as a lecturer on topics concerning modern Yiddish literature and contemporary Jewish culture. Beyond his scholarly... Read More →

Monday June 10, 2013 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Scientia Building Gallery 1

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