ONLINE“Flesh of My Flesh: Sexual Violence in Hebrew Literature” Book Launch

November 17, 2021 Free
(Photo: Viorika/iStock)
(Photo: Viorika/iStock)

Join us for a discussion of professor Ilana Szobel’s new book. “Flesh of My Flesh” (SUNY Press, 2021) looks at one of the most silenced and repressed 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 concurrent ideologies in Jewish and Israeli culture and situates the rhetoric of sexual aggression within the contexts of gender, ethnicity, disability and national identity.

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


  • Sue Lanser, Professor Emerita of Comparative Literature, English, and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Brandeis University
  • Ilana Szobel, Associate Professor on the Joseph H. and Belle R. Braun Chair in Hebrew Literature, Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies; core faculty 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 at a discount of 30% paperback or 40% hardcover at through 12/17/21.

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

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