About

Rachel S. Harris is Associate Professor of Israeli Literature and Culture in Comparative and World Literature and the Program in Jewish Culture and Society at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Her recent publications include An Ideological Death: Suicide in Israeli Literature (2014) and Warriors, Witches, WhoresWomen in Israeli Cinema (2017). She is the book review editor for the Journal of Jewish Identities, and Chair of the Women’s Caucus of the AJS (Association for Jewish Studies) 2018-2020.

Education

University of Oxford, DPhil 2009

Publications

Book Projects

Teaching the Arab-Israeli Conflict in the College Classroom ed. Rachel S. Harris (under review Wayne State Press)

Casting a Giant Shadow: The Transnational Shaping of Israeli Cinema eds. Rachel S. Harris and Dan Chyutin (under review Indiana University Press)

Rachel S. Harris: Warriors, Witches, Whores: Women in Israeli Cinema (Detroit: Wayne State Press, 2017)

Rachel S. Harris:  An Ideological Death: Suicide in Israeli Literature (Evanston: Northwestern University Press, 2014)

Narratives of Dissent: War in Israeli Arts and Culture Eds. Rachel S. Harris and Ranen Omer- Sherman (Detroit: Wayne State Press, 2013)

PUBLICATIONS: Editor Journal Special Issue
Guest Editors Rachel S. Harris and Anna P Ronell “Russian-Jewish Diaspora Post-1970” The Journal of Jewish Identities Vol. 4, No. 1 (Jan, 2011) (Wrote 1500 word introduction)

Guest Editor Rachel S. Harris “The Jewish Woman and Her Body” Nashim 23, Spring-Fall 2012 (Wrote 3200 word introduction, pp5-11)

Guest Editor Rachel S. Harris “Hebrew Literature Now: Israeli Writers of the 21st Century” Shofar 33.4 (2015) (Introduction pp1-14)

PUBLICATIONS: Articles and Chapters in Books
Articles
“Not Borrowing Enough: Eran Riklis’ A Borrowed Identity” Sayed Kashua ed. Adia Mendelson Maoz (Open University, Israel forthcoming)

“Palestinian Counter-Hero: Samir El-youssef’s Anglo-Palestinian fiction” Telos FORTHCOMING 2017

“Israeli Literature in the 21st Century – The Transcultural Generation: An Introduction” Shofar 33.4 (2015): 1-14 (for guest edited special issue)

“Between the Backpack and the Tent: Home, Zionism, and a New Generation in

Eshkol Nevo’s Novels Homesick and NeulandShofar 33.4 (2015): 36-59

“Hebraizing the Arab-Israeli: Language and Identity in Ayman Sikseck’s To Jaffa and Sayed Kashua’s Second Person Singular” JOJI 2014 Vol. 7 No. 2, 35-58

“Ahoti Hayafa (2011): Magical Realism and Marginalisation in The World of the Mizrachi Woman” Jewish Literature and Magical Realism – special issue of Symbolism 12/13 eds. Axel Stahler 262-278

“Parallel Lives: Palestinian, Druze and Jewish Women in Recent Israeli Cinema on the Conflict, Free Zone, Syrian Bride and Lemon Tree.” Shofar 32:1 (Fall 2013) 79-102

“Samson’s Suicide: Death and the Israeli Literary Canon” Israel Studies Vol. 17, No 3 (Fall 2012) 67-91

“Death and Decay: Urban Topoi in Literary Depictions of Tel Aviv” Israel Studies Vol. 14, No. 3 (Fall 2009) 75-93

“Forgetting the Forgotten Ones: The Case of Haim Gouri’s“Hanishkahim“” Journal of Modern Jewish Studies Vol. 8, Issue 2. 2009, 199-214

Chapters in Books:
“Women on Screen: Teaching Gender But Not History” in Teaching the Arab Israeli Conflict in the College Classroom ed. Rachel S. Harris (Currently under review with Wayne State Press)

“New Frontiers: The Israeli Western” Casting a Giant Shadow: The Transnational Shaping of Israeli Cinema eds. Rachel S. Harris and Dan Chyutin (Currently under review with Indiana University Press)

“No Heroes in A Cycle of Violence: Collaborators, Perpetrators and the never ending terror of the Arab-Israeli conflict” Terrorism and Literature ed. Peter C. Herman Cambridge University Press FORTHCOMING

“Lehitashknez (Passing) in Contemporary Arab-Israeli Hebrew Fiction ” in Modern Arabic Literatures in Hebrew eds. Hannan Hever and Omri Greenberg [Hebrew] FORTHCOMING

“Hebrewism and Israeli Culture: Language, Dance, Music and Film” Essential Israel: Essays for the 21st Century eds. S. Ilan Troen and Rachel Fish (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2017)

“From Feminist to Housewife and Back Again: Orthodoxy and Modernity in American Jewish Women’s Writing” The Edinburgh Companion to Modern Anglophone Jewish Fiction eds, David Brauner and Axel Stahler  (Edinburgh University Press, 2015) 76-89

“No Place Like Home: Arab-Israelis, Contemporary Fiction, and an Arab-Hebrew identity” in The Case Against Academic Boycotts of Israel eds. Cary Nelson and Gabriel Noah Brahm (Detroit: Wayne State Press, 2014) 327-351

“The History of Israel” Cary Nelson, Rachel S Harris, and Kenneth W. Stein in The Case Against Academic Boycotts of Israel eds. Cary Nelson and Gabriel Noah Brahm (Detroit: Wayne State Press, 2014) 385-440

“A Woman’s War: The Gulf War and Popular Women’s Culture in Israel” Narratives of Dissent: War in Israeli Arts and Culture eds. Rachel S. Harris and Ranen Omer-Sherman, (Wayne State Press, 2013) 317-335

“Death and Decay: Urban Topoi in Literary Depictions of Tel Aviv” Republished in Tel Aviv: The First Century; Visions, Designs and Actualities, eds. Maoz Azaryahu and Ilan Troen,(Indiana University Press, 2011) 248-267

Review Essays:
“Through the Lens of Israeli Cinema: A Review Essay” Jewish Film & New Media: An International Journal Vol. 3, No. 2, Article 5. 2015 Available at: http://digitalcommons.wayne.edu/jewishfilm/vol3/iss2/5

“Cosmopolitan, Diasporic and Transnational: The Flourishing of Hebrew Modernism” Modernism/Modernity, Vol. 21. No. 1 (2014) pp 361–68

“Israel: Finding the Levant within the Mediterranean” The Levantine Review (Issue 1: No 1) Spring 2012 (Review Essay) (6000 words)

“Casting Lots to Nonstop City: Current Discourse on the Cultural History, Identity and Construction of Tel Aviv” Journal of Jewish Identities Issue 1, No.1 (Jan 2008) pp89-96 (Review Essay)

Memberships

AJS (Chair of the Women’s Caucus 2018-2020)

MLA (DA Representative for Women and Gender Studies)

AIS (First term member of the board 2017-2021)

SCMS

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