"to Tread on New Ground": Selected Hebrew Writings of Hava Shapiro

Carole B Balin (Editor) Wendy I Zierler (Editor)
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Wayne State University Press
Publish Date
December 01, 2014
7.5 X 1.14 X 9.83 inches | 2.15 pounds
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About the Author

Wendy I. Zierler is Sigmund Falk professor of modern Jewish literature and feminist studies at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York. She is the author of And Rachel Stole the Idols: The Emergence of Modern Hebrew Women's Writing (Wayne State University Press, 2004), co-editor with Carole B. Balin of Behikansi atah [Selected Works by Hava Shapiro], and has written numerous articles and essays in the fields of modern Jewish literature and Jewish feminist studies, including a feminist Haggadah commentary included in My People's Passover Haggadah, edited by Hoffman and Darnow. Carole B. Balin is professor of Jewish history at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, New York. Seen nationally on the PBS documentary "The Jewish People: A Story of Survival," she is the author of To Reveal Our Hearts: Jewish Women Writers of Tsarist Russia and co-editor of Behikansi atah [Selected Works by Hava Shapiro] with Wendy I. Zierler, as well as Sisterhood: A Centennial History of Women of Reform Judaism with Dana Herman, Jonathan D. Sarna, and Gary P. Zola. She co-curated "Bat Mitzvah Comes of Age," a traveling exhibit of the National Museum of American Jewish History and Moving Traditions.


To say that 'To Tread on New Ground' is groundbreaking would be an understatement. The volume presents Hava Shapiro's unjustifiably forgotten Hebrew writings in beautiful English translation and puts it within the relevant historical and literary contexts. Balin and Zierler unveil Shapiro as a diasporic Jewish woman writer negotiating multiple genres and identities, a master of self-invention in a time of profound upheavals.--Shachar Pinsker "associate professor of Hebrew literature and culture at the University of Michigan "
'To Tread on New Ground' will win Hava Shapiro a well-deserved place on the literary and cultural map, something earned but not attained in her lifetime. The editors are to be congratulated for the combination of detective work and literary criticism necessary to this project and for the elegant translations that bring Shapiro to an Anglophone audience.--Sara R. Horowitz "director of the Israel and Golda Koschitzky Centre for Jewish Studies at York University "
Carole Balin and Wendy Zierler's marvelous translation and edition of the works of the all-but-forgotten Hebrew writer Hava Shapiro is an exciting contribution to the study of modern Hebrew literature, modern Jewish literature, Jewish women's history, and modern Jewish studies as a whole. The translations are fluid, the selections excellent, the contextualization spot-on. This volume will be highly useful in classrooms throughout Jewish studies and to general readers interested in all facets of modern Jewish culture.--Michael Stanislawski "Nathan J. Miller Professor of Jewish History at Columbia University "
This is a comprehensive volume about an important writer, one that shows the range of her work and some of the ways the challenges she faced in her lifetime influenced what she produced in print.--Jeff Fleischer"ForeWord Reviews" (09/01/2014)
Professors Carole Balin and Wendy Zierler, both at Hebrew Union College Jewish Institute of Religion in New York College, combine their expertise in Jewish history and in Jewish literature and feminist studies respectively, to provide a new, unique, powerful insight into the vanished Jewish life and Jewish press of Europe.--Mordechai Ben-Dat"CJNews" (11/24/2015)