Shachar Pinsker

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Shachar Pinsker

Associate Professor
Executive Committee Member

202 South Thayer Street, Suite 4155, Ann Arbor, MI 48104-1608

Office Location(s): 4155 Thayer Building
Phone: 734.764.8103
Fax: 734.936.2679
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  • Affiliation(s)
    • Near Eastern Studies
  • About

    Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley and Graduate Theological Union, 2001.

    Columbia University and YIVO Institute, Yiddish Studies, 1997, 2001.

    M.A., Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Hebrew and Comparative Literature, 1995.

    B.A., Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Comparative and Hebrew Literature; Amirim Program for Outstanding Students, 1994.

    2003- present  Assistant Professor of Hebrew Literature and Culture, University of Michigan.

    2002-2003  Assistant Professor (Post-Doc) of Hebrew and Israeli Literature, Ben-Gurion University.

    2001-2002  Visiting Professor of Modern Hebrew and Israeli Literature, Harvard University.

    2009  Hadassah Brandies Institute Research Award.

    2008  Global Ethnic Literatures Seminar Fellow (Fall Semester), Comparative Literature, University of Michigan.

    2008  Spring/Summer Research Grant, Rackham School of Graduate Studies, University of Michigan.

    2007  Fellow of the Frankel Institute for Advanced Judaic Studies ("Jews and the City").

    2007  The Institute for Research on Women and Gender (Faculty Support for Scholarly Activities on Women and Gender for research), University of Michigan.

    2006  Summer research visiting fellowship, Oxford Centre for Jewish Studies.

    2004  Koret Foundation Jewish Studies Publication Grant.

    2002-2003  Kreitman Postdoctoral Fellowship, Ben-Gurion University.

    2000-2001  Dissertation Fellowship, National Foundation for Jewish Culture.


    Literary Passports: The Making of Modernist Hebrew Fiction in Europe, Stanford Studies in Jewish History and Culture, (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2010).

    Sheila Jelen and Shachar Pinsker (eds.), Hebrew, Gender and Modernity: Critical Responses to Dvora Baron's Fiction, Studies and Texts in Jewish History and Culture, (Bethesda: University Press of Maryland, 2007).

    Articles in Peer-Reviewed Publications
    "Yiddish as a Double-Agent in Israeli Literature," special issue of Poetics Today on "Yiddish between Languages and Theories," (forthcoming).

    "Never Will I Hear the Sweet Voice of God: Religiosity and Mysticism in Modern Hebrew Poetry" (Review Essay), Prooftexts 29:2 (forthcoming).

    "The Urban Cafes of Berlin as Spaces of Hebrew and Yiddish Modernism" in Gertrud Pickhan and Verena Dohrn (Eds.), in Transforming Berlin's Urban Space: East European Jewish Migrants in Charlottengrad and the Scheunenviertel, 1918-1939, (Wallstein Verlag, forthcoming).

    "Choosing Yiddish in Israel: Yung Yisroel between Home and Exile, Margins and Centers," in Shiri Goren, Hannah Pressman and Lara Rabinovitch (eds.), Choosing Yiddish: Studies on Yiddish Literature, Culture, and History, (Detroit: Wayne State University, forthcoming).

    "To Write in a Silent Language? The Bilingual Imagination of Yossl Birshtein and the Dynamics of Yiddish in Israel," Israel Studies 15:2 (forthcoming).

    "The Urban Literary Cafe and the Geography of Hebrew and Yiddish Modernism in Europe," in Mark Wollaeger, (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Global Modernisms, (Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming, 2010).

    "Deciphering the Hieroglyphics of the Metropolis: Literary Topographies of Berlin in Hebrew and Yiddish Modernism," in Gennady Estraikh and Mikhail Krutikov (eds.), Yiddish in Weimar Berlin, (Oxford: Legenda, 2010).

    "Between 'The House of Study' and the Kaffeehaus: The Central European Cafe as a Site for Hebrew and Yiddish Modernism," in Simon Shaw-Miller and Tag Gronberg (eds.), The Viennese Cafe as an Urban Site of Cultural Exchange, (Oxford: Berghahn Books, forthcoming, 2010).

    "Lemberg, Vienne, Berlin: cafes juifs et creativite culturelle," [French], Les Cahiers du Judaisme 26, (June 2009), 31-43.

    "The Construction of 'Secular' and 'Religious' in Modern Hebrew Literature" in Zvi Gitelman (ed.), Religion or Ethnicity? Jewish Identities in Evolution (New-Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 2009), 221-238.

    "Imagining the Beloved: Nation and Gender in Early Twentieth-Century Hebrew Literature," Gender and History 20:1, (2008), 105-127.

    "Midrash, Intertextuality, and Modernist Hebrew Fiction," in Anita Norich and Yaron Eliav (eds.), Jewish Literatures and Cultures: Context and Intrertext, (Providence: Brown University Press, 2008), 201-228.

    "The Challenges of Writing a Literary History of Early Modernist Hebrew Fiction: Gershon Shaked and Beyond," Hebrew Studies 49 (2008), 291-298.

    "Old Language, New Land: On Yung Yisroel," [Hebrew] Davka: Yiddishland and its Culture 3, (July 2007), 46-50.

    "Introduction" (co-authored), in Sheila Jelen and Shachar Pinsker (eds.), Hebrew, Gender and Modernity: Critical Responses to Dvora Baron's Fiction, (Bethesda: University Press of Maryland, 2007), 3-13.

    "And Suddenly We Reached God? The Construction of 'Secular' and 'Religious' in Israeli Literature," Journal of Modern Jewish Studies 5:1, (2006), 21-40.

    "Unraveling the Yarn: Intertextuality, Gender and Cultural Critique in the Stories of Dvora Baron," Nashim: A Journal of Jewish Women's Studies and Gender 11, (2006), 244-279.

    "The Train that Rides Inside: The Jewish Predicament in Aharon Appelfeld's The Iron Tracks" [Hebrew], in Igal Shwartz and Risa Domb (eds.) Aharon Appelfeld and his World: Special Volume of Mikan, (Cambridge University and Ben-Gurion University Press, 2005), 77-89.

    "Whose Canon is it? On the Formation and Dissemination of the Hebrew Canon" (Review Essay), [Hebrew], Theory and Criticism 25 (Fall 2004), 259-264.

    Articles and Reviews in Non-Refereed Publications
    "You Flying Carpet are no more than a dream: On the poetry of the Yiddish-Israeli writer Avrom Rintzler" [Hebrew], Ha'aretz Literary Supplement, December 2009.

    "Kaffee als kultureller Nahrboden" [German], Aufbau:das Judische Monatmagazin, June 2009.

    "A Rich Brew of Ideas: On Jews and Coffeehouses," The Jewish Week: Text/Context, April 2009.

    "Everything Entered My Heart and Scratched it": A Review of Haim Sabato's Come O Wind, Ha'aretz Literary Supplement, April 2008.

    A series of five articles on the Jewish Literary Cafes of Europe [Hebrew], Ha'aretz Literary Supplement, May-June, 2008.

    "Welcome to Yiddishland" (a review of Davka), Ha'aaretz Sfarim [Hebrew and English Edition], March 2008.

    Encyclopedia Entries
    Entries on Y.Kh. Ravnitski and the Zeitlin family for the YIVO Encyclopedia of Jews in Eastern Europe, (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2008).

    Entries on Yossl Birshtein, Rukhl Fishman, Avraham Rintzler, Michal Govrin, [Hebrew], Lexicon of Israeli Literature (Forthcoming).

    Works in Progress

    To Write in a Silent Language? Yiddish as a Double Agent in Israeli Literature and Culture, (in preparation).

    Literary Cafes as Sites of Jewish Modernism [Hebrew], (in preparation).

    Flowers of Identity: Hebrew Women Poets in America (editing a forthcoming annotated bilingual volume of poetry with extensive introduction and notes).

    Modern Hebrew Literature
    Modern Yiddish Literature
    Literary Modernism and Postmodernism
    Midrash and Modern Hebrew literature
    Gender in Modern Hebrew Literature
    Nationalism and Literature
    Canon and Margins in Hebrew and Israeli literature
    Centers of Modern Hebrew Literature in Eastern and Central Europe
    Post-Structural Theory and Criticism

    Hebrew (native)
    English (near-native)
    Yiddish (good)
    German (good)

    Association for Jewish Studies
    National Association of Professors of Hebrew
    Association of Israel Studies
    Modern Language Association

  • Research Areas of Interest
    • Modern Hebrew Literature, Modern Jewish Literature, Israel Studies
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