Rebecca Margolis

Professor

Accepting PhD Students

20002019

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Personal profile

Research interests

My research centres on cultural responses to migration and genocide. My specific scholarly interests are:

  • Language revitalization, specifically in the context of Yiddish civilization and culture in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries;
  • Representations of the Holocaust and its aftermath, in particular in literature, film, theatre and music;
  • Jewish migrant and ethnic communities in a comparative framework, both with other groups and across geographies. 

My publications examine different facets of the Jewish experience through the lenses of literature, theatre, film, education, and organizational life. My forthcoming monograph, Cultural Transmission After Catastrophe: Journeys of Yiddish Revitalization (in press), examines the mechanisms around how a lesser-spoken language and culture can be transmited across multiple generations into the digital age. My edited volume, Yiddish in the New Millennium, also in press, showcases diverse new initiatives in areas such as performance, teaching and social media from around the world.

My current project on New Yiddish Cinema, which examines an emerging 21st century body of film produced largely by and for non-speakers of the language, bridges the areas of Jewish Studies, Genocide Studies, language revitalization and film translation. In my new position as director of the Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation, I am also involved with a new project to investigates aspets of Jewish cultural life in Melbourne.

Education/Academic qualification

Yiddish Studies/Germanic Languages, MA-PhD, Columbia University

Jewish Studies, BA, McGill University

Research area keywords

  • Yiddish Studies
  • Diaspora film
  • Holocaust and Genocide Studies
  • Canadian Studies
  • Australian History

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Projects

Research Output

The Keneder Adler and Yiddish Community Life in Montreal, 1944

Margolis, R., 2019, In : Canadian Jewish Studies. 27, p. 115-124 10 p.

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Across the Border: Canadian-Jewish Writing

Margolis, R., 2016, The Cambridge History of Jewish American Literature. Wirth-Nesher, H. (ed.). New York NY USA: Cambridge University Press, p. 432-448 15 p.

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New Yiddish Film and the Transvernacular

Margolis, R., Dec 2016, In : In geveb: A Journal of Yiddish Studies. p. 1-30 30 p.

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Remaining alive in silence? Melekh Ravitch as Yiddish Catalyst: Montreal, 1941-1954

Margolis, R., 2016, In : East European Jewish affairs. 46, 2, p. 192-209 18 p.

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Remembering Two of Montreal’s Yiddish Women Poets: Esther Segal and Ida Maza

Margolis, R., 2015, Women Writers of Yiddish Literature: Critical Essays. Horowitz, R. (ed.). Jefferson NC USA: McFarland & Company, Inc., p. 230-248 22 p.

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Prizes

Faculty of Arts Young Researcher of the Year Award

Rebecca Margolis (Recipient), 1 May 2011

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Helen and Stan Vine Canadian Jewish Book Award

Rebecca Margolis (Recipient), 1 Nov 2012

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Helen and Stan Vine Canadian Jewish Book Award

Rebecca Margolis (Recipient), 1 Jun 2013

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J.I Segal Award

Rebecca Margolis (Recipient), 1 Nov 2012

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Activities

  • 2 Contribution to conference
  • 1 Editorial responsibility

Canadian Holocaust Literature

Rebecca Margolis (Organiser), Seymour Mayne (Organiser), Ruth Panofsky (Organiser)
27 Oct 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to conference

Yiddish in the New Millennium

Rebecca Margolis (Organiser)
5 Nov 2016

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to conference

Canadian Jewish Studies (Journal)

Rebecca Margolis (Editor in chief)
1 Jun 20091 Jun 2011

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial responsibility