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"The Accented Imagination: Speaking and Writing Jewish America," in Imagining Jewish

     America," edited by Jack Wertheimer. University Press of  New England,

     forthcoming 2007


"Philip Roth's Autobiographical Fictions," The Cambridge Companion to Philip Roth, ed.

     Timoth Parrish. Cambridge University Press, 2007.


“Traces of the Past: Multilingual Jewish American Writing,” The Cambridge Companion to

     Jewish American Literature,  Spring 2003.

     Hebrew translation Zmanim, January  2007.


Chad Gadya, ‘Christ, it’s a Kid!’—Writing Jewish America”

     Princeton University Library Chronicle, October 2001.


“’Shpeaking Plain’ and Writing Foreign: Abraham Cahan’s Yekl,”

     Poetics Today, January 2001.


Resisting Allegory, or Reading “Eli, the Fanatic in Tel Aviv Prooftexts: A Journal of

     Jewish Literary History,  January 2001.


“Magnified and Sanctified: Liturgy in Contemporary Jewish American Literature,”

     in Ideology and Identity in American and Israeli Jewish Literature edited by Emily

     Budick, State University of New York Press,  2001.


 “Red Days and Black Days: Bi-temporal Calendars in Jewish America,”

      American Studies at the Millennium: Ethnicity, Culture, and Literature.

      University of  Turku, Finland, 2001.


"Im-Partial Maps: Reading the City in Literature," Handbook for Urban Studies,

      London: Sage Publications, 2001.


"Aleph, Bet, Kaddish: Language and Ceremony in Jewish American Collective

      Identity,” Ceremonies and Spectacles: Performing American Culture.

      Amsterdam: VU University Press, 2000.


"Who's he when he's at home?": Saul Bellow's Translations," New Essays on Seize

      the Day, ed. Michael Kramer. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999.


     "Facing the Fictions: The Meta-Memoirs of Henry Roth and Philip Roth," Prooftexts:

           A Journal of Jewish Literary History, October 1998.


     "The Languages of Memory: Cynthia Ozick's The Shawl," Multilingual America:

          Transnationalism, Ethnicity, and the Languages of American Literature, ed.

          Werner Sollors. New York: New York University Press, 1998.

           Reprinted in Dialectical Anthropology, 2000.


"Language as Homeland in Jewish-American Literature," Insider/Outsider:American

     Jews and Multiculturalism, eds. David Biale, Michael Galshinsky, Susannah

     Heschel. University of California Press, 1998.


"If This Is Liberty, It Must be Paris: Landmarks and Home in The Ambassadors,"

     Homes and Homelessness in the Victorian Imagination, eds. Murray Baumgarten

     and H.M. Daleski. New York: New York, AMS Press, 1998.


     "I must be put  you somewheres, dear boy": Dickens, Twain, and National Geographies," in

           Rereading Novels/Rethinking Presuppositions, eds. S. Barzilai, S. Rimmon-

           Kenan, L. Toker. Brill, 1997.


     "The 'Other' in a Poetics of Urbanism," Powers of Narration, eds. Gerald Gillespie

          and Andre Lorant. Proceedings of the XIII Congress of the International

          Comparative Literature Association. Tokyo: Tokyo University Press, 1995.


     "Final Curtain on the War: Figure and Ground in Virginia Woolf's Between the Acts,"

          Style, Vol. 28, No.2, Summer, 1994.


     "The Counterlife: Israeli Perspectives on American Literature," in  As Others Read Us:

           International Perspectives on American Literature, ed. Huck Gutman. Amherst:

           The University of Massachusetts Press, 1991.


     "Woman in the Plot: Henry James's Aspern Papers," Hebrew University Studies in

Literature and the Arts, Vol. 18, 1990. 

Special issue on Woman and American Ideology: Continuities and Contradictions

in the Definition of the National Character.


"Between Mother Tongue and Native Language: Multilingualism and Multiculturalism

      in Henry Roth's Call It Sleep," Prooftexts: A Journal of Jewish Literary History,

      Spring, 1990.

      --Reprinted as the Afterword to Call It Sleep. New York: Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 1991.


     "Reading Joyce's City: Public Space, Self, and Gender in Dubliners," in

           James Joyce: The Augmented Ninth, ed. Bernard Benstock. Syracuse

           University Press, 1988.


"From Newark to Prague: Roth's Place in the American-Jewish Literary Tradition,"

      in Reading Philip Roth, eds. Asher Milbauer and Donald Watson.

      London: Macmillan, 1988.

      --Reprinted in What is Jewish Literature? edited by Hana Wirth-Nesher.

      Philadelphia: Jewish Publication Society, 1994.


     "Orphaned Fictions: Hindsight in Isaac Bashevis Singer's The Family Moskat and

           Shosha, in Recovering the Canon: Essays on Isaac Bashevis Singer, ed.

           David Neal Miller. Leiden: Brill, 1986.


     "The City as Metaphor in American Literature" in The American Experience

edited by Arnon Gutfeld. Tel Aviv: Zmora Bitan, 1986.

[in Hebrew--"Ha'ir k'Metafora b'Sifrut Amerikanit]


"The Literary Orphan as National Hero: Huck and Pip," Dickens Studies Annual:

      Essays on Victorian Fiction, AMS Press, 1986.

      --Reprinted in Huck Finn:Major Literary Characters,  edited by Harold Bloom.

      New York: Chelsea House Publishers, 1990.


     "The Ethics of Narration in D.M. Thomas's The White Hotel," The Journal of

Narrative Technique, Winter, 1985.


"The Curse of Marginality: Colonialism in Naipaul's Guerillas," Modern Fiction

      Studies, Vol. 30, Fall 1984. Special issue on Naipaul.


     "The Thematics of Interpretation in Henry James's Artist Tales," The Henry James

           Review, Vol. 5, Spring 1984.


     "The Artist Tales of Philip Roth," Prooftexts: A Journal of Jewish Literary History,

Vol. 3, September 1983.


"Voices of Ambivalence in Sholem Aleichem's Monologues," Prooftexts:

      A  Journal of Jewish Literary History, Vol. 1, May 1981.


     "Jewish and Human Survival on Bellow's Planet," Modern Fiction Studies, Vol. 25,

Spring 1979. Special issue on Saul Bellow.

      --Reprinted in Saul Bellow: A Symposium on the Jewish Heritage, edited by

Vinoda and Shiv Kumar, Nachson Books, Warangal, India, 1983.


     "The Stranger Case of The Turn of the Screw and Heart of Darkness," Studies in

Short Fiction, Vol 16, Fall 1979.


     "The Modern Jewish Novel and the City: Kafka, Roth, and Oz," Modern Fiction

Studies, Vol. 24, Spring 1978. Special issue on the City and the Novel.


    "Form as Fate: Everyman as Artist in Virginia Woolf's To The Lighthouse," Bucknell

Review, Fall, 1976. Published in book form in Twentieth Century Poetry,

Fiction.Theory, Associated University Press, 1977.


Encyclopedia Entries:

      Entry on Cynthia Ozick, Encyclopedia of Jewish Culture in the Secular Modern

            Age, eds. Dan Miron and Hannan Hever, 2005

Entry on Jewish American Literature for Encyclopedia of Jewish Culture in the Secular Modern

            Age, eds. Dan Miron and Hannan Hever, 2005.

Entry on Henry Roth, in Contemporary Jewish-American Writers:A Sourcebook,

eds. Joel Shatzky and Michael Taub. Westport,CT: Greenwood Press, 1997.

Entry on Isaac Bashevis Singer, The Biographical Dictionary of the Nobel Prize

Laureates in Literature. New York: Garland Publishing, 1990.

      Entry on Saul Bellow, The Biographical Dictionary of the Nobel Prize Laureates

in Literature. New York: Garland Publishing, 1990.

      Entry on Amos Oz reprinted from earlier essay, Contemporary Literary Criticism,

Vol. 11, 1979.


Selected Reviews:

      Neither Black Nor White Yet Both: Thematic Explorations of Interracial Literature,

by Werner Sollors in Journal of American Studies in Turkey, 1999.

      A House of Words: Jewish Writing, Identity, and Memory by Norman Ravvin in

Canadian Review of American Studies, 1999.            

      Exile from Exile: Israeli Writers from Iraq by Nancy Berg in Comparative Literature,


      Philip Roth and the Jews by Alan Cooper in Studies in Contemporary Jewry (Oxford

University Press,1998).

Handbook of American-Jewish Literature: An Analytical Guide to Topics, Themes,

and Sources, edited by Lewis Fried in Studies in Contemporary Jewry (Oxford

University Press), 1990.

      Israeli Mythogynies: Women in Contemporary Hebrew Fiction by Esther Fuchs in

Journal of Modern Literature, Summer, 1988.

Portrait of an American City: The Novelists' New York by Joan Zlotnick in Modern

Fiction Studies, Summer, 1984.

     The Image of the City in Modern Literature by Burton Pike and The Uses of Obscurity:

The Fiction of Early Modernism by Allon White, in Modern Fiction Studies,

Summer 1982.

     On Not Being Good Enough: Writings of a Working Critic by Roger Sale and

The City as Catalyst by D. Festa-McCormick, Modern Fiction Studies, Summer,


The Best of Sholem Aleichem edited by Irving Howe and Ruth Wisse, in Notre

Dame English Journal: A Journal of Religion in Literature, Vol. 11, no.2,1979.

The Venture of Form in The Novels of Virginia Woolf by Jean Alexander in

Journal of Modern Literature, Vol. 4, No.5, 1975.

     The Uses of Literature, Harvard English Studies 4, ed. Monroe Engel,in

The American Scholar, Vol 43, No. 4, Fall 1974.


Guest lectures (selected) at Johns Hopkins University, Harvard University, Yale University, Princeton University, Jewish Theological Seminary, Northwestern University, Dartmouth College, UCLA, University of Southern California (Casden Institute), Rutgers University, University of Illinois, City University of New York, New York University, Lehigh University, University of Konstanz, Hebrew University, Bar Ilan University, and Haifa University.






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