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Rachel S. Harris is Associate Professor of Israeli Literature and Culture at the University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign. Her recent books include Teaching the Arab-Israeli Conflict (Wayne State University Press, 2019), An Ideological Death: Suicide in Israeli Literature (Northwestern University Press, 2014) and Casting a Giant Shadow: The Transnational Shaping of Israeli Cinema (Indiana University Press, 2021)
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Frum Fetish Shlock: Netflix’s ‘Unorthodox’

The problem with Orthodox Jewish women in popular cultural representations lies with audience desires for shlock and salvation, not with Haredi society.  The Netflix series Unorthodox, appearing as it did at the heart of pandemic lockdown, caused a sensation in both the Jewish and non-Jewish world.   The four-episode drama offered a tantalizing look at a woman’s escape from her […]

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‘A Place to Call Home’: The Fantastic Jewish Show You Haven’t Been Watching

Australian drama, A Place to Call Home, by Bevan Lee, premiered in 2013, follows Sister Sarah Nordmann (née Adams), played by Marta Dusseldorp, as she returns from two decades in Europe to 1950s Australia. After nursing in the Spanish Civil War, she spends the rest of the 1930s in Paris, with her Jewish husband — she has converted to Judaism so they can marry. They are caught up in the […]

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