Program Director of Jewish Studies
Allison Schachter is Professor of English, Jewish Studies, and Russian and East European Studies. She works on nineteenth and twentieth century modern Jewish culture in comparative perspectives. Her research interests include diaspora, transnational and world literary cultures, gender studies, and minority cultures. Her first book, Diasporic Modernisms: Hebrew and Yiddish Literatures in the Twentieth Century (Oxford 2012) traced the shared diasporic histories of Hebrew and Yiddish modernism. Her second book Women Writing Jewish Modernity, 1919-1939 (Northwestern 2022) revises the history of Hebrew and Yiddish modernism by foregrounding women’s voices. She is currently working on a new project on mid-century women intellectuals, which examines how African American and Jewish women writers theorized the postwar moment from feminist and leftist perspectives. She is an avid translator of Yiddish literature. Together with Jordan Finkin she translated From the Jewish Provinces: The Selected Stories of Fradl Shtok (Northwestern 2021), which was awarded the 2022 MLA Fenia and Yaakov Leviant Memorial Prize in Yiddish Studies.
Diasporic Modernisms: Hebrew and Yiddish Literature in the Twentieth Century (New York: Oxford University Press, 2012).
Women Writing Jewish Modernity, 1919-1939 (Northwestern University Press, 2021)
Fradl Shtok, From The Jewish Provinces, Selected Stories, translated by Jordan Finkin and Allison Schachter (Northwestern University Press, 2021)
Jewish Literature/World Literature: Between the Local and the Transnational" Co-authored with Lital Levy, PMLA 130.1 (2015).
"Orientalism, Secularism, and the Crisis of Hebrew Modernism: Reading Leah Goldberg’s Avedot" forthcoming in Comparative Literature. 2013.
"Modernist Indexicality: The Language of Gender, Race, and Domesticity in Hebrew and Yiddish Modernism," MLQ 72.4 (2011).
"A Lily Among Bullfrogs: Dahlia Ravikovitch and the Field of Hebrew Poetry." Prooftexts. 28:3 (2009).
"Dovid Bergelson and the Landscape of Yiddish Modernism." East European Jewish Affairs. 38.1 (2008).
"Jewish Women as Industrious Earners." Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Responsibility. December 2008. Reprinted online in JBOOKS.
"The Shtetl and the City: The Origins of Modern Jewish Nostalgia in Shloyme reb khayims and Ba-yamim ha-hem." Jewish Social Studies. 12.3 (2006).
“Women Reading Modernity: Gender, Secularism, and Literary Realism in the Writing of Abraham Cahan and Sholem Aleichem” Jewish Quarterly Review, forthcoming 2021.
“Jewish Writing and Gender between the National and Transnational,” Disseminating Jewish Literatures, Eds. Susanna Zepp, Ruth Fine, Natasha Gordinsky, Kader Konuk, Claudia Olk, and Galili Shahar (Berlin: De Gruyter, 2020): 229-234.
“Minority Cosmopolitanism in Elisheva Bikhovsky's Simta'ot” Mehkere yerushalayim be-sifrut ivrit, 30 (2019): 103-120.
“A Non-Universal Global: On Jewish Writing and World Literature.” Co-authored with Lital Levy. Prooftexts, 36: 1-2, (2017): 1-26.