Madeleine Cohen is our Preceptor in Yiddish, and will teach Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced Yiddish in 2017-18. Her research focuses on Yiddish literature in the early 20th century with comparative work in German, Polish and Hebrew language literatures.
She was awarded her PhD in Comparative Literature (with a Designated Emphasis in Jewish Studies) from UC Berkeley in 2016. Her dissertation is entitled, “Here and Now: The Modernist Poetics of Do’ikayt.” The dissertation explores representations of place in a range of modernist Yiddish literature, adapting the concept of “do’ikayt” (meaning “hereness”), which normally describes political and cultural movements associated with Jewish socialists and Yiddishists, as a poetic term.
She currently serves as the Editor-in-Chief of In Geveb: A Journal of Yiddish Studies. Her aliases include "Mandy" and "Mindl".
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