Maya Barzilai


Director, Frankel Center for Judaic Studies

Maya Barzilai is Professor of Hebrew literature and Jewish culture at the Frankel Center for Judaic Studies, and the departments of Middle East Studies and Comparative Literature at the University of Michigan. She is also affiliated with Germanic languages and Literatures.

Barzilai researches modern Hebrew literature in comparative contexts, focusing on twentieth-century translations between Hebrew, German, and Yiddish. Her broader interests include Weimar cinema, Israeli visual culture, and post-war poetics.

Her first book, Golem: Modern Wars and Their Monsters, appeared in 2016 with NYU Press. It received the Jordan Schnitzer Book Prize (2017) in the category of Jewish Literature and Linguistics.

Her book, Golem, How He Came into the World, an in-depth study of Paul Wegener’s 1920 Weimar film classic, appeared with Camden House in 2020.

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