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Saturday, February 16 • 11:00pm - Sunday, February 17 •12:15am
A Bridge Across the River Sambatyon: Magic Jews in Modern and Medieval Western Fantasy

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Jews in the Western fantasy tradition have a complicated yichus (pedigree). In this session, we'll learn about the character of the Magic Jew in the Medieval Fantasy tradition, and how the master project of redeeming the monster in the Modern Fantasy traditions has never satisfactorily come to terms with these eldritch motifs, even as they've been invoked by the master storytellers of Tolkien and Rowling. Will it ever be possible to bridge the Yiddish and Christian fantasy traditions?

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Aharon Varady

Founding Director, the Open Siddur Project
Founding director of the Open Siddur Project, the open-source digital humanities project sharing the texts and art of Jewish spiritual practice, Aharon Varady is an environmental planner and Jewish educator working to improve stewardship of the Public Domain, be it the physical and... Read More →

Saturday February 16, 2013 11:00pm - Sunday February 17, 2013 12:15am EST
Woodbridge ballroom level