Launch of the book “Flesh of My Flesh: Sexual Violence in Hebrew Literature”

Join us for a discussion on Professor Ilana Szobel’s new book. “Flesh of My Flesh” (SUNY Press, 2021) delves into one of the most silenced and suppressed aspects of Israeli culture by examining the trope of sexual violence in modern Hebrew literature. Szobel explores how sexual violence participates in, encourages, or resists competing ideologies in Jewish and Israeli culture and locates the rhetoric of sexual assault within the contexts of gender, ethnicity, disability, and national identity.

Introduction: ChaeRan Freeze, Frances and Max Elkon Professor of Modern Jewish History, Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies; Chair, Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Brandeis University


  • Sue Lanser, Emeritus Professor of Comparative Literature, English, and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Brandeis University
  • Ilana Szobel, associate professor at the Joseph H. and Belle R. Braun Chair in Hebrew Literature, Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies; Senior Professor in the Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and at the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies, Brandeis University

Q&A moderated by Shayna Weiss, Associate Director, Schusterman Center for Israel Studies, Brandeis University.

Use code XAIS21 to purchase the book 30% off hardcover or 40% off hardcover at until 17/12/21.

Co-sponsored by the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute; Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies; Department of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies; Schusterman Center for Israel Studies; and Women’s Studies Research Center, Brandeis University.

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