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Erith Jaffe-Berg

Erith Jaffe-Berg

Associate Professor

Department of Theatre
INTS 2120
(951) 827-4418

Research Areas

  • Literature/Performance


  • B.A., UC Berkeley
  • M.A., University of Toronto
  • Ph.D., University of Toronto


Prof. Jaffe-Berg studies the ways theatre functions as a laboratory for innovatively exploring language. Her book The Multilingual Art of Commedia dell’Arte (Ottawa, Toronto, N.Y.: Legas, 2009) explores how theatre simultaneously foregrounds and critiques multilingualism in the early-modern period. Along with her book, she has published articles on commedia dell’arte in: The Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism, Translation Perspectives, The European Studies Journal, il cannocchiale, Text and Presentation, Metamporphoses, Testuale Critica, Quaderni d'Italinistica, and the anthology International Dramaturgy: Translations & Transformations in the Theatre of Timberlake Wertenbaker (PIE-Peter Lang Press, 2008). She has also contributed a translation into Hebrew of Polygraph by the French-Canadian playwrights Robert Lepage and Marie Brassard to Canadian Plays: An Anthology (Jerusallem: Hebrew University Magnes Press, 2005).

In commedia dell’arte’s performative “staging” of national and political boundaries Prof. Jaffe-Berg finds a precursor to contemporary experimental performances in which theatre addresses political hotbeds such as the Middle East. In representations of the Middle East language is often a key device used to probe issues of territoriality, exclusion and hybridity. Along with a conference on the subject of “staging the Middle East in theatre and through performance” (UCR, April 2009).

For her work, Prof. Jaffe-Berg has been awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities grant as well as a grant from the Canadian embassy. She is a member of the Son of Semele Theatre Ensemble (SOSE), an Ovation award winning, LA-based theatre company.


Prof. Jaffe-Berg has published her work on the representation of the Middle East in the journals Text & Presentation and Quaderni di Studi Arabi and in the anthology Performance, Exile and ‘America’ (Palgrave Macmillan 2009). She has an article on the staging the Middle East in the early modern period forthcoming from the journal Scripta Mediterranea and has recently given a paper on the topic at the Istituto Veneto in Venice, Italy.


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