Author: Helene Meyers

Helene Meyers is Professor of English and McManis University Chair at Southwestern University. She is the author, most recently, of Identity Papers: Contemporary Narratives of American Jewishness and is working on a book about Jewish American cinema.
Why Did I Cry for Philip Roth?

Despite my cool, carefully cultivated critical distance on Philip Roth, the man and the writer, I found myself sobbing at the news that his heart had finally failed him. It was as if I had lost a family member. Why?

Academic Grief: A Satire

To be eligible for flowers, faculty members must have served for at least 10 years. Lilies and white roses are reserved for full professors and endowed chairs.

The Misogyny of Menashe

Reviewers are praising this Yiddish-language film as being universal. But is that “universality” really just misogyny? 

Flying While Female on El Al

 I suddenly felt as if the most sacred parts of my being—Jewish, feminist, intellectual—were being tested. 

Serious Missteps in Dirty Dancing Remake

The overt Jewiness that we have come to know, love, and critique in such shows as “Transparent” and “Broad City” is nowhere to be found here.