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Iris Idelson-Shein


Iris Idelson-Shein received her PhD from Tel Aviv University in 2011. Her dissertation discussed the uses of racial discourse in the Jewish Enlightenment. She is currently Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow at the Martin Buber Professur für Jüdische Religionsphilosophie, Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main. Her current project deals with representations of monsters and monstrosity in early modern Jewish thought.


"Baruch Meshane Habriyot": Uses and Representations of 'the Exotic' in the Jewish Enlightenment


Selected Publications:

Difference of a Different Kind: Jewish Constructions of Race During the Long Eighteenth Century. Philadelphia: Penn Press (Jewish Cultures and Contexts), 2014.

“Their Eyes Shall Behold Strange Things: Abraham Ben Elijah of Vilna encounters the Spirit of Mr. Buffon.” AJS Review 36.2 (2012).

“What have I to do with Wild Animals?: Glikl Bas Leib and the Other Woman.” Eighteenth Century Studies 44.1 (2010).
“Gilguley Pereh: A Comparison between Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe and Yehuda Horowitz's Amudei Beit Yehuda.”  Historia 21 (2008).