Dr. Helene Meyers

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Helene Meyers is Professor of English and McManis University Chair at Southwestern University.  She is the author of Identity Papers: Contemporary Narratives of American Jewishness, Femicidal Fears: Narratives of the Female Gothic Experience, and Reading Michael Chabon. Her more journalistic writing has appeared in Lilith, Forward, Tablet, Ms. Magazine’s Blog, the Washington Independent Review of Books, the Chronicle of Higher Education, and Inside Higher Education. She is currently writing a book on Jewish American cinema.

Blog Posts

"Gittel's Journey" Book Cover

A Passover Story: Lesléa Newman's "Gittel's Journey"

by Dr. Helene Meyers

Gittel’s Journey overlaps with one of the central themes of Pesach: that having been strangers ourselves, we are ethically obligated to remember the stranger.

Topics: Immigration, Fiction
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Is 93Queen the Face of Hasidic Feminism?

by Dr. Helene Meyers

Paula Eiselt is a honest enough filmmaker to represent the compromises that her protagonist makes and the tensions that develop within the unit as a result.

Warriors, Witches, Whores by Rachel Harris (cropped)

Israeli Cinema, Feminist Style

by Dr. Helene Meyers

Harris’s questions are worth the consideration of every committed cinephile and feminist. She asks whether a director’s gender necessarily determines the politics of a film, whether women’s stories are necessarily feminist ones, which women’s stories are represented on-screen, and how some depictions of sexual violence intended to critique rape culture are actually complicit with it.

Topics: Film
Sukkot Harvest

A Bicultural Jew Gives Thanks on Sukkot

by Dr. Helene Meyers

So, my journey from New York to Texas has resulted in my viewing myself as a bicultural Jew: I have had the luxury and privilege of taking Jewishness for granted and I also know the depths of Jewish illiteracy and intolerance that plague parts of the country and some institutions of higher education.

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Dr. Helene Meyers." (Viewed on May 23, 2019) <https://jwa.org/blog/author/dr>.

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