About Dr Jennifer Dowling

Dr Jennifer Dowling’s research interests include: early modern Yiddish literature; the feminine in early modern literatures; Yiddish folklore; the (re)presentation of Jews in popular culture; graphic novels; online pedagogical tools. Dr Dowling is the lecturer in Yiddish language and culture in the department since 1997.

Dr Dowling is a graduate of both the Ohio State University and Oxford University. After teaching Yiddish and Hebrew at universities in the US and England for a number of years, she accepted the appointment of Lecturer in Yiddish Language and Culture at the University of Sydney in 1997. Her DPhil is on the characterisation of the feminine in early modern Yiddish literature, with a concentration on non-canonic texts. More recent research interests have included Yiddish Arthurian texts, the representation of Jews and other minority cultures in the popular media (television and comics, for example) and the adaptation of Web 2.0 pedagogical tools for right-to-left language instruction.

Selected publications

  • [Book chapter] ‘“Oy gevalt!”: A Peek at the Development of  Jewish Superheroines’ in Angela Ndalianis, ed., The Contemporary Comic Book Superhero, Routledge, 2008.
  • [Book] Editor with Sr. Marianne Dacy, Feasts and Fasts: Festschrift in Honour of Alan David Crown, Mandelbaum Publishing, 2005.
  • [Book chapter] ‘Mayse fun Shloyme hameylekh: The Hazards of Understanding Animals’ in Feasts and Fasts: Festschrift in Honour of Alan David Crown, Mandelbaum Publishing, 2005.
  • [Book chapter] ‘The State and Fate of Yiddish in Australian Universities’ in Marking Our Difference: Conference Proceedings, University of Melbourne, 2004.
  • [Article]  ‘“We are not demons”: Homogenising the Heroes in Buffy the Vampire Slayer and AngelThe Refractory: A Journal of Entertainment Media, 2003.