Nancy E. Berg

Nancy E. Berg

Professor of Hebrew Language and Literature
PhD, University of Pennsylvania
research interests:
  • Genre Literature
  • Immigration Literature
  • Modern Hebrew & Arabic Literatures
  • Women's Literature
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  • Washington University
    CB 1121
    One Brookings Drive
    St. Louis, MO 63130-4899
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Professor Berg teaches courses in Israeli culture, Hebrew, Jewish, and Middle Eastern literatures. While much of her scholarship focuses on the literature of Iraqi Jews, she has also researched Israeli women's writing, memory writing, and food.

Her teaching includes courses on Hebrew, Jewish, and Middle Eastern literatures, and Israeli society. She has lived and worked in the Middle East — Cairo, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv — for several years.

Her first book, Exile from Exile, explores the writings of Israeli Jews from Iraq, heirs to the longest continuous Jewish community: Babylonian Jewry. In More and More Equal, her next book, she analyzes the literary career of writer Sami Michael, a champion of human rights and the underdog. His increasing popularity and critical acclaim reflect changes in Israeli society, especially attitudes towards immigrants and others from the margins. She has completed a book manuscript We Remember Babylon, about the ways in which Israeli immigrant writers remember home.

Prof. Berg has also written on the Israeli mystery, women writers, food in literature, place, memory, and the choice of language. Works in progress include a study of the father-daughter relationship in Israeli literature, an anthology of exile, and a project on women's creativity.

She currently serves as president of the National Association of Professors of Hebrew (NAPH).