Maya Barzilai

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Maya Barzilai

Assistant Professor

202 South Thayer Street, Ste 4167, Ann Arbor, MI 48104-1608

Office Location(s): 4165 Thayer Building
Phone: 734.647.4240
Fax: 734.936.2679
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  • Affiliation(s)
    • Near Eastern Studies, Germanic Languages and Literatures
  • About

    My research interests include twentieth-century postwar Hebrew and Yiddish literature, German Jewish thought, translation theory, and visual culture. My forthcoming book, Golem: Modern Wars and Their Monsters, explores the mass appeal of golem tales concerning artificial creation in the German-speaking world around World War I, as well as the ongoing association of golem figures with war technologies in American and Israeli cultures. Drawing on archival sources and print media, the book shows how the golem became both a metaphor for modern war and its weapons and—often at the same time—a powerful reminder of human vulnerability and mortality.

  • Education
    • Ph.D. University of Berkeley, Comparative Literature, 2009
    • M.A. Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Comparative Literature, 2002
  • Research Areas of Interest
    • Twentieth-century Hebrew, German, and Yiddish literature
    • Visual studies and popular culture
    • Translation studies