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Dr. Iris Idelson-Shein

Iris Idelson-Shein is senior lecturer in the department of Jewish History, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. Her research interests include cultural translation, Old Yiddish literature, science, gender, and the body in early modern Ashkenaz. Idelson-Shein received her PhD from Tel Aviv University in 2011, and has held visiting positions at Goethe University in Frankfurt, LMU Munich, and the Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies in Philadelphia. She is co-editor of “German Jewish Cultures,” a book series published by Indiana University Press and a member of the Israel Young Academy.

Selected Publications:

  • Difference of a Different Kind: Jewish Constructions of Race During the Long Eighteenth Century. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2014.

  • Iris Idelson-Shein and Christian Wiese (ed.). Monsters and Monstrosity in Jewish History: from the Middle Ages to Modernity. London: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2019.

  • “Of Wombs and Words: Migrating Misogynies in Early Modern Medical Literature in Hebrew and Latin.” AJS Review. Forthcoming.

  • "Motivations for Translation in Early Modern Hebrew and Yiddish Translations." Zion 81(4) [Hebrew] (2021): 535-562.

  • "Rabbis of the (Scientific) Revolution: Revealing the Hidden Corpus of Early Modern Translations Produced by Jewish Religious Thinkers.” American Historical Review 126.1 (2021).

  • “Kill The Hen That Crows Like A Cock: Animal Encounters in Old Yiddish Literature," Journal of Jewish Studies 71.2 (2020): 321-344.

  • “Meditations on a Monkey-Face: Monsters, Transgressed Boundaries and Contested Hierarchies in a Yiddish Eulenspiegel.” Jewish Quarterly Review 108.1 (2018): 28-59.

  •  “The Beginning of the End: Maskilic Pedagogy and the Rise of the Child.” Jewish Quarterly Review 106.3, Forum: Jews and Education (2016): 383-395.

  •  “The Monstrous Mame: Mapping the Margins of Maternity in Early Modern Jewish Discourse.” Jewish Social Studies 20, no. 2 (2015): 37-71.

  • “‘Their Eyes Shall Behold Strange Things’: Abraham ben Elijah of Vilna Confronts the Spirit of Mr. Buffon.” AJS Review 36, no. 2 (2012): 295-322.

  • “‘What have I to do with Wild Animals?’: Glikl Bas Leib and the Other Woman.” Eighteenth-Century Studies 44, no. 1 (2010): 57-77.