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Miriam Borden

PhD Student Contact miriam.borden@mail.utoronto.ca Office Hours tba Background I hold a B.A. in Jewish Studies (Hons., 2014) and an M.A. in Yiddish Studies (2018) from the University of Toronto. Through a collaborative program in Book History and Print Culture, my research interests are in postwar Yiddish culture, Yiddish publishing and material history of Yiddish libraries, and the food history of Jewish immigrants in the twentieth century. I am a frequent researcher at the Ontario Jewish Archives Blankenstein Family Heritage Centre, where I have worked as an Assistant Archivist and translator. Through the Archives, I lead public and private walking tours of the historically Jewish Kensington Market neighbourhood; when possible, I like to include Yiddish sources such as newspaper articles, advertisements, and poetry by Yiddish writers from the 1920s and 1930s. I have researched and translated portions of Toronto’s Yiddish daily newspaper, Der Yidisher Zhurnal, and written for the Canadian Jewish News on 20th century Jewish culture in the Canadian Yiddish press. I have curated two exhibitions at University of Toronto Libraries: “Discovering the Mame-loshn: The Hidden World of Yiddish at Robarts,” at Robarts Library (August 1-September 1, 2017); and “Komets-alef: o! Back to School at the Yiddish Kheyder,” in May-July ... Read More »

Florian Müller

PhD Student Contact florian.mueller@mail.utoronto.ca Office Hours Fri 10 am–12 pm, by appointment only Note: If you require accommodation due to different time zones, please send me an email. Classes 2020-21 GER 100 L0102, WF 8-10 Background I did my undergraduate in German Studies and History at Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt (Main) where I also received my master’s degree in German Studies in 2019. My doctoral research focuses on medieval and Early Modern German literature and I am especially interested in the relationship between early print and manuscript culture. Accordingly, I am enrolled in the collaborative program in Book History and Print Culture. In order to investigate how materiality informs the construction of text and vice versa, I am examining the 15th and 16th century manuscripts and printed editions comprising the so-called ‘Books of Heroes.’ This corpus transmits heroic poetry, a genre with a rich and multi-faceted literary history. Due to their seemingly dated nature – stanzaic form and archaic contents – the ‘Books of Heroes’ provide rich material for questions concerning transmission and canon formation, the dissemination of literature in the Early Modern period, the aesthetics of reception, and the materiality of texts. Since hands-on experience in letterpress ... Read More »