Dr. Norman Ravvin was Interim Director of the Institute for Canadian Jewish Studies and Acting Chair, Canadian Jewish Studies, until the end of 2021.
Norman Ravvin is a professor in the Department of Religions and Cultures. From 1999 through 2012 he was Chair, Canadian Jewish Studies and Director of the Institute for Canadian Jewish Studies. He is a writer, critic and teacher who specializes in Canadian Jewish literature and history, Holocaust literature, the relationship between the Hebrew Bible and literature, as well as music in various traditions. He has written on such writers as Philip Roth, Leonard Cohen, Mordecai Richler, Bruno Schulz, Saul Bellow and A.M. Klein. His scholarly publications include A House of Words: Jewish Writing, Identity, and Memory (McGill-Queen’s) and he is co-editor with Richard Menkis of The Canadian Jewish Studies Reader (Red Deer Press). His recent novel is The Girl Who Stole Everything (Linda Leith). He is completing a memoir of Polish Jewish immigration to Canada in the early 1930s, tentatively titled Ten Pictures: An Immigration Story for Our Time. Ravvin studied at U.B.C. and the University of Toronto, where he completed his Ph.D. in North American Literature and the Holocaust. He’s a native of Calgary.
Recent Publications in the Field
Dr. Ravvin recently contributed a chapter to David S. Koffman's book "No Better Home? Jews, Canada, and the Sense of Belonging". For more information, please see the attached flyer. Norman Ravvin's contribution to the special volume of Canadian Jewish Studies on the Holocaust is "Were I not here to record it, there would be no trace': Patrick Modiano's Dora Bruder and Chava Rosenfarb's 'in the Boxcar.'"
Norman Ravvin's essay "Fame, Failure, and Redemption: Leonard Cohen and His Contemporaries" will appear in Kait Pinder and Joel Deshaye's The Contemporary Leonard Cohen: Response, Reappraisal, and Rediscovery" (Wilfred Laurier UP).