Lori Lefkovitz


Director of the Northeastern University Humanities Center; Professor; Ph.D. Brown University; Ruderman Professor of Jewish Studies

Research areas and interests

Jewish literature; Hebrew bible; contemporary critical theory; Jewish feminism; Victorian literature; the novel

Selected Publications


  • In Scripture: The First Stories of Jewish Sexual Identities (2010)
  • Shaping Losses: Cultural Memory and the Holocaust (2001, ed. with Julia Epstein)
  • Textual Bodies: Changing Boundaries of Literary Representation (edited, 1997)
  • The Character of Beauty in the Victorian Novel (1987)


“Not a Man:  Joseph and the Character of Masculinity in Judaism and Islam” (forthcoming in Common Lives, Uncommon Heritage: Gender in Judaism and Islam)

“The Genesis of Gender as Transgression,” Jewish Quarterly Review

“‘Demand a Speaking Part!’ The Character of the Jewish Father,” in Contemporary Psychoanalysis and Jewish Thought

“Balak,” in Torah Queeries

“The Politics and Aesthetics of Jewish Women’s Ritual” (with Rona Shapiro) in The New Jewish Feminism

“Judaism, Body Image, and Food,” in Jewish Choices/Jewish Voices

“Prayer,” Encyclopedia of Sex and Gender

“Reflections on The Future of Jewish Feminism and Jewish Feminist Scholarship,” “Ritualwell.org: Loading the Virtual Canon” (with Rona Shapiro), Nashim

“Miriam: A Reconstruction” The Women’s Passover Companion

“Passing as a Man: Narratives of Jewish Gender Performance,” Narrative

“Inherited Holocaust Memory and the Ethics of Ventriloquism”(special mention for Pushcart Prize)

“Delicate Beauty Goes Out: Adam Bede’s Transgressive Heroines,” Kenyon Review rpt. in Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism

“Eavesdropping on Angels and Laughing at God: Theorizing a Subversive Matriarchy,” in Gender and Judaism

“Leah Behind the Veil: The Divided Matriarchy in Bible, Midrash, Dickens, Freud, and Woody Allen,” rpt. In Sister To Sister

“Sacred Screaming: Childbirth in Judaism,” in Lifecycles

“Antigone Anxiety: Manly Girls, Emasculated Men and the Transcendence of Gender,” in Gender, Race, and Identity

“Her Father’s Eyes, Staff, and Support: The Sage Author as Phallic Sister in Nineteenth-Century Fiction,” in Victorian Sages and Cultural Discourse: Renegotiating Gender and Power

“The Subject of Writing Within the Margins,” in Reorientations: Critical Theories and Pedagogies

“Creating the World: Structuralism and Semiotics,” in Contemporary Literary Theory

“Coats and Tales: Joseph Stories and Jewish Masculinity,” in A Mensch Among Men: Explorations in Jewish Masculinity


Fulbright Professorship (Hebrew University of Jerusalem); Center for Advanced Judaic Studies (University of Pennsylvania); Philadelphia Institute for Psychoanalysis; Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Grant