Wendy Zierler - Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion
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Wendy Zierler, Ph.D., M.A., M.F.A.

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Sigmund Falk Professor of Modern Jewish Literature and Feminist Studies

HUC-JIR/New York

Rabbinical Program, New York; Master of Arts in Jewish Education, Los Angeles; Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music, New York
Academic Field: 
Language and Literature

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Dr. Wendy Zierler serves as Sigmund Falk Professor of Feminist Studies and Modern Jewish Literature at HUC-JIR/New York.

Prior to joining HUC-JIR, she was a Research Fellow in the English Department of Hong Kong University, where she lived for five and a half years while teaching at the University.

Dr. Wendy Zierler is Co-Editor of Prooftexts: A Journal of Jewish Literary History

Selected Publications and Edited Works

Midrash and Movies: Popular Film and Jewish Religious Conversation (SUNY, 2017), 2017 National Jewish Book Award Finalist in Modern Jewish Thought and Experience

Behikansi Atah (The Collected Writings of Hava Shapiro, Hebrew) edited with Carole B. Balin. (Hebrew)  Tel Aviv: Resling Press, 2008. 

To Tread on New Ground: Selected Hebrew Writings of Hava Shapiro (1878-1943). Translated by Wendy Zierler, edited with Carole B. Balin. Forthcoming, Wayne State University Press, 2014.

And Rachel Stole the Idols: The Emergence of Modern Hebrew Women’s Writing. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2004.

Consulting Editor for two special issues of Nashim dedicated to the theme of Gender and Books, Numbers 15 and 16, (2008).

“The Caravan Returns:  Jewish American Literary Anthologies (1935-2010),” The Cambridge History of American Jewish Literature, Hana Wirth-Nesher ed, (forthcoming).

“On Memento: Remaking Memory from the Outside In,” Between Tradition and Modernity: Rethinking an Old Opposition.

“The Diary of Hava Shapiro,” Hebrew Studies (2012-2013).

“Joseph(ine) The Dreamer and Modern Jewish Writers,” Nashim 24 (April 2013). 

“Holy Fools on the Road,” for The Road in American Culture, Gordon Slethaug and Staci Ford eds., McGill University Press, 2012. [Referred volume]

“Yoman/Roman: The Literary Diaries of Hava Shapiro and David Fogel,” (Hebrew) Hador (Fall 2010).

“On Account of the Cushite Woman that Moses Took: Race and Gender in Modern Hebrew Poems about Numbers 12,” Nashim 17 (Spring 2010).

“The Making and Remaking of American Jewish Literature,” Shofar (Spring 2009).

“The Letters of Hava Shapiro to Reuven Brainin,” Nashim 16 (2008).

“Staring at the Bookcase: Daughters, Knowledge, and the Fiction of Devorah Baron,” in Sheila Jelen and Shachar Pinsker [Eds.], Hebrew, Gender and Modernity: Critical Responses to Dvora Baron’s Fiction, University of Maryland Press, 2007.

“A Dignitary in the Land?: Literary Representations of the American Rabbi,” AJS Review, 30:2  (November 2006): 255-75.

“In Search of a Feminist Interpretation of the Akedah,” Nashim (Summer, 2005).

“Four Sons of the Holocaust: Leah Goldberg’s “Kenegged Arba’ah Banim,” Shofar (Winter 2005)

My Holocaust Is(n’t) Your Holocaust: “Facing” the Holocaust in The Pawnbroker, Higher Ground and The Nature of Blood, Holocaust and Genocide Studies (the journal of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, Oxford University Press) 18: 1 (Spring, 2004).

“The Rabbi’s Daughter in and out of the Kitchen,” Nashim 5 (2002).

“Chariot(ess) of Fire: Yocheved Bat-Miriam’s Female Personifications of the Land of Israel,” Prooftexts 20 (2000). 

“Devorah Baron's Fiction of Exile,” Prooftexts 19 (1999). 

“Your Promised Land, Your Life: American Jewish Women Writers Reflect Upon Zion,” Shofar  (Summer 1998). 

“The Rebirth of Anzia Yezierska,” Judaism: A Quarterly Journal of Jewish Life and Thought (Fall 1993). 

“Footprints, Traces, Memories: The Operation of Memory in Dan Pagis' ‘Aqebot.’” Judaism A Quarterly Journal of Jewish Life and Thought, (Fall 1992). 

Public Lecture Topics
The Fool in Jewish Literature
The Bible and Modern Hebrew Women Writers
Reel Theology
Feminist Interpretation of the Akedah
Portraits of the Rabbi in the Modern Era