The Protest Literature of Mizrahi Writers

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With Dr. Beverly Bailis, Adjunct Associate Professor of Jewish Literature

We will discuss protest literature written by different generations of Mizrahi writers and examine how these literary works give voice to these writers’ experience in Israeli society, from the Great Immigration in the 1950s to today. In particular, we will consider how the stories these writers tell engage with the past and traditional Jewish texts, while also looking transnationally to the stories of other cultures and communities, including Palestinians and African Americans, to articulate the complexity of Mizrahi identity in the current historical moment. Writers under discussion will include Ronny Someck, Almog Behar, and Adi Keissar.

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ABOUT DR. BEVERLY BAILIS

Dr. Beverly Bailis is adjunct associate professor of Jewish Literature at JTS. She received her PhD in Hebrew Literature from JTS and her MA in Jewish Civilization from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She specializes in modern Hebrew, Jewish literature, and gender studies. She has taught at Brooklyn College, the Women’s League for Conservative Judaism, the JCC in Manhattan, and other adult education programs in New York City. She has published in Prooftexts and elsewhere, and one of her most recent articles, “Reading the Poetry of Mahmoud Darwish in the Transnational Classroom” appeared in the volume Teaching the Arab-Israeli Conflict in the College Classroom, published by Wayne State Press in 2019. She is currently a co-editor, along with David Stern, of the forthcoming book, American Hebraist: Essays on Modern Hebrew and Jewish Literature and Literary Culture by Alan Mintz. This anthology is in honor of her former dissertation advisor at JTS, Dr. Alan Mintz (z”l).

ABOUT THE SERIES

Stories and Storytelling

Join JTS scholars to explore a selection of stories drawn from ancient, rabbinic, medieval, and modern Jewish literature. We will consider the power of shared stories and how they transmit values, norms, culture, and information, bringing Jews together across time and space.