Associate Professor of Modern Jewish Literature and Feminist Studies
Dr. Zierler is Associate Professor of Feminist Studies and Modern Jewish Literature. 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.
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- BA, Yeshiva University, Stern College (1988)
- MA, Princeton University (1991)
- Ph.D., Princeton University (1995)
- MFA, Sarah Lawrence College (in progress)
Research and Publications
- 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
In the News
- Selected Works of Hava Shapiro with Carole B. Balin. Forthcoming from Resling Press, Tel Aviv, 2008
- And Rachel Stole the Idols: The Emergence of Modern Hebrew Women's Writing, Wayne State University
Press, September 2004.
- Consulting Editor for two special issues of Nashim dedicated to the theme of Gender and Books,
Numbers 15 and 16, (2008).
- Journal Articles
- "The Making and Remaking of American Jewish Literature," forthcoming in Shofar, Spring 2009.
- "The Letters of Hava Shapiro to Reuven Brainin," forthcoming, Nashim 16, 2008.
- "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, forthcoming in 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:
A Journal of Jewish Literary History (2000), Indiana University Press.
- "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.
- Chapters in Books/Encyclopedias
- "Where Have all the Women Gone and Other Feminist Questions," and "A Feminist Commentary on the Passover
Haggadah," My People's Haggadah, Lawrence Hoffman and David Arnow eds. (Jewish Lights
- Introduction to To Speak Her Heart, an illustrated anthology of Jewish Women's Devotional Writings
from the Bible to the present, 2008, edited and illustrated by Leslie Golomb and Barbara Goldman.
- "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).
- "Jo Sinclair" and "Letty Cottin Pogrebin," in Encyclopedia Judaica (2006).
- "Autobiography in North America," "Rachel Kagan," "Anda Pinkerfeld-Amir," "Nehama Puhachevsky," and
"Yokheved Bat-Miriam," in Jewish Women: An Historical Encyclopedia," Paula Hyman ed. (2006)
- "Contemporary Reflections: Vayetze," and "Voices: Baha'alotekha," in The Torah: A Women's Commentary,
ed. Tamara Eskenazi, (URJ Press, 2008).
- "Shedding Feminist Light on the Sabbath Candles," in My People's Prayer Book Volume 8:
Kabbalat Shabbat, Lawrence Hoffman, ed. (Jewish Lights, 2005)
- "Anda Pinkerfed-Amir" and "Caryl Phillips" in The Encyclopedia of Literature of the Holocaust, S.
Lillian Kremer ed. (Routledge, 2002).
- "In(ter)dependent Selves: Mary Antin, Elizabeth Stern and Jewish Immigrant Women's Autobiography,"
The Immigrant Experience in North American Literature. Katherine B. Payant and Toby Rose eds. (Greenwood
- "The Holocaust Fiction of Aharon Appelfeld," The Encyclopedia of the Novel, Paul Schellinger ed.
(Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers, 1999).
- "Autobiography," in Jewish Women in America: An Historical Encyclopedia (Paula Hyman and Deborah
Dash Moore, eds), (Routledge, 1997).
- "Hagar and Tamar: Mr. Mani and Feminist Writing" [Hebrew], " in Bakivun ha--negdi: Mar Mani:
Roman sihot (a collection of essays on A.B. Yehoshua's Mr. Mani), Nitza Ben-Dov, ed. (Kibbutz
Ha-Meuchad Publishers, 1995).