Maya Barzilai

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Maya Barzilai

Assistant Professor of Modern Hebrew and Jewish Culture

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

Office Location(s): 4167 STB
Phone: 734.763.4671
Fax: 734.936.2679
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  • Affiliation(s)
    • Near Eastern Studies, Judaic 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.

    Selected Article Publications:

    “Witnessing Dying in the Tongue of Revival: Shaul Tchernikhovsky’s World War I Poetry.” Yearbook of the Simon Dubnow Institute. Volume 13, 2014. 177-192.

    “Translation on the Margins: Avraham Ben Yitzhak and Yoel Hoffmann.” The Journal of Jewish Identities. Volume 7:1, 2014. 109-128.

    “A Poetics of Statelessness: Avraham Ben Yitzhak after World War I.” Naharaim: Journal of German Jewish Literature and Cultural History. Volume 7:1-2, 2013. 111-130.

     “S. Y. Agnon’s German Consecration and the ‘Miracle’ of Hebrew Letters.” Prooftexts. Volume 33:1, 2013. 48-75.

    “Reading Camera Lucida in Gaza: Ronit Matalon’s Photographic Travels.” Comparative Literature. Volume 65:2, 2013. 200-219.

    Selected Courses:

     “Jewish Film: Race, Ethnicity, and Nationality” (Judaic 250 / SAC 250 / NES 250)

     “The Jewish Graphic Novel” (Judaic 320 / AMCULT 320)

     “Ethnicity in Israeli Literature and Culture” (Hebrew 404)

     “The Sacred, the Foreign, and the Profane in (Jewish) Language” (Graduate seminar)

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