Nancy Berg

Nancy Berg is professor of Hebrew and comparative literature at Washington University in St. Louis and current president of the National Association of Professors of Hebrew. She is author of the books Exile from Exile and More and More Equal.

Posts by Nancy Berg

Long Sorry Short

Etgar Keret has been called the “hippest Israeli writer,” but I think he is Israel’s sorriest writer. This may come as a surprise. For a long time he has been the darling of the European literati, a sweetheart of American Jewish audiences, and a favorite of students of Hebrew everywhere. His language is easy to […]

The Dead Language Society

Sholem Aleichem indisputably contributed to the golden age of modern Yiddish literature in a major way. But what does it mean for a writer to have contributed to a literature no longer flourishing?