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Feb. 12: Discussion on “The Book of Esther”

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Chanita Goodblatt, professor of literature and linguistics at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel, will lead a discussion about early modern plays about the “Book of Esther” on Feb. 12 in Royce Hall.

The plays are early modern German, English and Yiddish performances that are continuations of the dramatizations of the “Book of Esther.” Jews would have gone to see these plays performed in the ports, inns, and streets of early modern Germany, and adapted them to their own, very riotous, holiday festivities.

Goodblatt is an expert in Christian Hebraism and modern poetry. She has published extensively on religion, tradition and popular culture. Goodblatt has been teaching at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev since 2000.

This talk, which will be hosted by the UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, will focus on the variously dramatized performative dimensions of the “fool” that have been inserted into biblical plays.

The talk will be held Monday, Feb. 12 from 4 to 5 p.m. in Royce Hall room 314.Seating is limited. Attendees are asked to RSVP in advance

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