Language in Mel Brooks’ History of the World Part II
Hosted By: HUC-JIR Jewish Language Project
Building on the widespread popularity of Mel Brooks’ 1981 “History of the World Part I,” Hulu’s “History of the World Part II” brings a comedic lens to world events. From Noah’s Ark to Freud, from Kublai Khan to Jews in Space, Jewish moments abound. How does the series incorporate Yiddish and other languages? How does this language mixing fit into the history of American comedy? This panel convenes scholars to answer these questions and more.
Moderator: Sarah Bunin Benor, Jewish Language Project
Jennifer Caplan, author of Funny, You Don’t Look Funny: Judaism and Humor from the Silent Generation to Millennials
Jeremy Dauber, author of Mel Brooks: Disobedient Jew and Jewish Comedy: A Serious History
Rebecca Margolis, author of ייִדיש לעבט Yiddish Lives On: Journeys of Language Revitalization
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