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Sunday, November 21 • 12:00pm - 1:00pm
"That's My Sipur": Jewish Literature and Multilingualism

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Until fairly recently, the majority of Jews spoke, thought and wrote in more than one language. Since the late nineteenth century, the development of modern Jewish literature, especially in Hebrew and Yiddish, was in many ways defined by multilingual tensions. Today, however, Jews are increasingly monolingual, and rely on translation to gain access to Jewish heritage languages. So what does it mean to raise a multilingual Jewish child today? In this lecture, literary history intersects with personal anecdotes to explore the past, present and future of Jewish multilingualism.

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Rachel Seelig

Rachel Seelig is a literary scholar, teacher and writer based in Toronto. Her research focuses on migration, multilingualism, and cross-cultural exchange in German, Hebrew, and Yiddish literatures. She is the author of  'Strangers in Berlin: Modern Jewish Literature between East... Read More →

Sunday November 21, 2021 12:00pm - 1:00pm EST