Rachel S. Harris
Rachel S. Harris is Assistant 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 articles in the journals Israel Studies, Symbolism, and Modern Jewish Studies.
Narratives of Dissent: War in Israeli Arts and Culture, Eds. Rachel S. Harris and Ranen Omer-Sherman, (Detroit: Wayne State Press 2013). This international, inter-disciplinary collection brings together twenty articles exploring changes in the depiction of war in Israeli literature, culture and society since 1978. With an extended introduction, this book, designed for classroom use, and as an introduction to different disciplines and areas of scholarship, brings together new research on the significant impact of war on the contemporary Israeli consciousness. Using the first incursions into Lebanon as a starting point for examining transformations in Israel, this book looks at the reception of Israel’s experience of war through Lebanon, the intifadas, Gaza and terrorism during the past 30 years.
An Ideological Death: Suicide in Israeli Literature: This monograph explores the symbolic significance of suicide as a trope in Israeli literature. Considering depictions of suicide in light of cultural studies, this work argues that suicide has less to do with suicidal inclination (that of the author, or the protagonist) and more to do with the value accorded to cultural and national institutions in Israeli society, through which the image of suicide can be used to support or challenge the accepted political and social discourse. Using canonical literary works, each chapter explores an aspect of the hegemonic national narratives that lie at the center of Israeli society; the sabra soldier, the army, the historical narrative, the creation of Tel Aviv and the role of women as mothers (currently under review).
Guest Editor Rachel S. Harris “The Jewish Woman and Her Body” Nashim June 2012 (Wrote 3200 word introduction)
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)
Articles and chapters in books
“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) FORTHCOMING
“Israel: Finding the Levant within the Mediterranean” The Levantine Review(Issue 1: No 1) Spring 2012 (Review Essay) (6000 words)
“Samson’s Suicide: Death and the Israeli Literary Canon” Israel Studies Vol. 17, No 3 (Fall 2012)
“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)
“Death and Decay: Urban Topoi in Literary Depictions of Tel Aviv” Israel Studies Vol. 14, No. 3 (Fall 2009) pp75-93 Republished in Tel Aviv: The First Century; Visions, Designs and Actualities, eds. Maoz Azaryahu and Ilan Troen, Indiana University Press, 2011
“Forgetting the Forgotten Ones: The Case of Haim Gouri’s“Hanishkahim"” Journal of Modern Jewish Studies Vol. 8, Issue 2. 2009, pp 199-214
“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)
Translations and fiction writings
Munich Games (short story) The Levant Notebook ed. Samir El-Youssef
Translated Hebrew to English: short story “The Dancer” Yehudit Hendel. Zeek: A Journal of Jewish Thought and Culture vol. Spring 2009 pp. 25-32
Translated Hebrew to English: the short story “Water” by Yechezkel Rachamim. Zeek: A Journal of Jewish Thought and Culture Aug 2008 (available online)
Book reviews and encyclopedia entries
Book Review: "Gay not Queer: Nir Cohen's Homosexual in Israeli Cinema” a review of: Nir Cohen, Soldiers, Rebels and Drifters, Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2011 July 2012 H-Judaic
Book Review: Curriculum Vitae by Yoel Hoffman. Online. The Levant Notebook (London) March 2011.
Encyclopaedia Entry: LITERATURE 1250-1920 (pp.155-157) and LITERATURE 1920 to Present (pp. 303-306) in Cultural Sociology of the Middle East, Africa and Asia Copyright © 2012 by SAGE Publications
Book Review: Tali Hatuka, Violent Acts and Urban Space in Contemporary Tel Aviv, Austin: University of Texas Press, 2010 AJS Review Vol 35, No. 1, 2011 pp178-181
Book Review: Judith Tydor Baumel-Schwartz, Perfect Heroes: The World War II Parachutists and the Making of Israeli Collective Memory. Madison, Wisconsin: The University of Wisconsin Press, Biography 34.2 (Spring 2011) pp353-355
Book Review: Hovering at Low Altitude: The Poetry of Dahlia Ravikovitch for Journal of Jewish Identities 4.2 (2011) pp91-93
Book Review: Contemporary Jewish Writing in Europe: A Guide. Ed. Vivian Liska and Thomas Nolden. Journal of Jewish Identities 3.1 (2010) pp76-79