Other Books

the-language-of-exclusion-sharon-lederThe Language of Exclusion

Greenwood Press
ISBN: 0-313-25629-2

The Language of Exclusion: The Poetry of Emily Dickinson and Christina Rossetti, Sharon Leder, with Andrea Abbott

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This approach to two brilliant poets, whose lives almost exactly overlapped, shows they have been wrongly detached from the political issues and reform movements of their day. The approach releases them from the prison of their private selves and demonstrates their poetic responses to public events in their age.

“People in the literacy field may be interested in approaching this book as a model for analyzing women’s writing within a societal and historical context,” Janice Lavery, Canadian Women’s Studies, cws.journals.yorku.ca

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truth-and-lamentation-sharon-lederTruth and Lamentation

University of Illinois Press
ISBN: 0-252-06335-X

Stories and Poems on the Holocauset
Edited by: Milton Teichman and Sharon Leder

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Nominated for National Jewish Book Award 1994

The stories and poems in this volume, written during and after the Holocaust, are international in scope, represent translations from nine languages, and include Jewish and non-Jewish writers, men and women.

“The scope of the book and the judicious selection of stories and poems make this a very valuable collection,” David Roskies, ed. The Literature of Destruction: Jewish Responses to Catastrophe;

“An impressive anthology of poetry and short fiction that spans the spectrum of Holocaust experience and explores the varieties of Holocaust response and implications for future generations,” S. Lillian Kremer, Witness through the Imagination: Jewish American Holocaust Literature,

New York Times, www.nytimes.com

the-burdens-of-history-sharon-lederThe Burdens of History

Merion Westfield Press International
ISBN: 1-57981-031-4

Post Holocaust Generations in Dialogue
Edited by: Sharon Leder and Milton Teichman

The essays in this collection represent the writings of educators on the Holocaust who presented papers at the 29 th Annual Scholars’ Conference on the Holocaust and the Churches 1999. The essays respond to questions that continue to mystify the intelligence and the imagination: How could the genocide have taken place in the heart of “civilized” Europe? Why did the Vatican not go on public record against the victimization of Jews and other targeted groups? To what extent were groups other than Jews victimized? In the post-Holocaust era, What do interviews of perpetrators yield about breaking through repression and denial? What do interviews of women survivors yield about the formation of surrogate families in the camps? What type of dialogues are taking place among Holocaust scholars, Holocaust survivors, and the students who are learning from them?


women-tenure-promotion-sharon-lederWomen, Tenure & Promotion

Johns Hopkins University Press
ISSN: 1040-0656

A Publication of the National Women's Studies Association
Volume 19, Number 3

Edited by members of Feminists Against Academic Discrimination (FAAD), Ines Shaw, Sharon Leder, and Betty Harris.

This special issue of the NWSA Journal (Vol. 19, Number 3, Fall 2007) focuses on several key challenges women faculty face in higher education―obtaining tenure-track positions and tenure; contending with gender and racial prejudice and biases that foster inequality and inequity in treatment, recognition's, and rewards; advancing through the academic ranks on a timely basis; breaking the academic glass ceiling by reaching the rank of full professor; and achieving parity in representation at different ranks. . .

The authors in this volume . . . offer various analyses and solutions for these and many other problems and challenges, suggesting ways for the academy to welcome, retain, tenure, promote and equitably reward women faculty.



Who Will Be For Me?
Universalism and Particularity in the Lives Four Jewish Women Who Made A Difference
Mellen Press

Excerpt from "Introduction"

If I am not for myself, then who will be for me?
If I am only for myself, then what am I?
And if not now, when?

These words by Hillel, the great Talmudic rabbi and sage of the first century before the Common Era, expressed a tension deeply-seated in the human psyche. How can we arrive at the proper balance between self and others in order to lead an ethical life? In more recent times, sociologists Emile Durkheim and Talcott Parsons formulated the dilemma as competing human drives towards either “universalism,” achieving a collective, common good, or “particularity,” developing one’s own individual potential.

These two seemingly paradoxical strands in human nature, both embraced in Jewish tradition and values, are illustrated in the lives and accomplishments of four Jewish women activists whose stories are told here―Gerda Lerner, Austrian-born leader in the founding of the field of women’s history; Ruth Messinger, New York politician and creator of the American Jewish World Service; Susana Wald, Hungarian-born linguist, author of the original Spanish for Dummies, and internationally known surrealist artist; and Tirzah Firestone, from St. Louis, the first intermarried rabbi to be ordained by the Jewish Renewal movement who now leads the congregation she began in Boulder, Colorado.

These women, all of whom were raised in the specter of World War II and the Holocaust, and the subsequent formation of Israel as a modern state, were faced with conflicts at different critical junctures in their lives forcing them to choose whether to identify universally, as Jewish citizens of the world, or particularly, as Jews committed to Jewish communal unity. Should they devote themselves to tikkun olam, the repair of the world, in the broadest global sense, or to the survival of Jewish belief and culture as embodied in Jewish institutions? The resolutions they struggled with and ultimately chose often resulted in their moving beyond “either/or” options and contributing in original and enduring ways to the fields of history, politics, the arts, and religion. Moreover, as activists, they felt impelled to follow Hillel’s important caveat: If not now, when? They believed in the necessity of social change. Once they had defined, and refined, their goals, often after periods of great stress, they moved expeditiously to realize them.

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