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Selected Articles

Featured Articles: 

“Miriam Michelson’s Yellow Journalism and the Multi-Ethnic West” (with Karen Skinazi). MELUS 40.2 (Summer 2015): 182-207. Winner of the 2016 Don D. Walker Award for best essay in Western American literary studies.

Praise for "Miriam Michelson's Yellow Journalism and the Mult-Ethnic West" from the Don D. Walker Prize Committee: 


"In addition to recovering a best-selling, second-generation Jewish immigrant writer committed to representing multi-ethnic America in ways that resisted dominant conceptions of race and race relations, the authors tell a great story in this article. I particularly appreciate how they situate Michelson in American literary history and Western literary history, with the links to Charlotte Perkins Gilman and Edna Ferber, for example, as the most compelling. It’s fantastic.” 


"This is obviously Western, yet also engaged with the Pacific world, necessarily including considerations of imperialism and Indigeneity, and is vastly multi-ethnic and multi-generic in scope. I particularly was compelled by its incorporation of Jewish literary traditions into the multi-ethnic West in its turn to women's journalistic work in the early 20th century.” 


“Its power lies in its recovery of a little remembered Jewish frontier author and her richly multi-ethnic archive—including representations of Hawaiian, Irish American, Indigenous, and Chinese immigrant peoples. Michelson’s diversity challenges us to keep revising our understanding of cross-racial encounters and multi-ethnic populations of the nineteenth- and early-twentieth century West.”

Other Work:
"We Shouldn't Ignore This Groundbreaking Jewish Novelist's Disability," Alma, June 21, 2o21
"The Jewish Roots of Wonder Woman's Pop Feminism," Paper Brigade Daily, December 21, 2020
"The Seeds of #MeToo Started Growing 100 Years Ago" CNN, November 2, 2019

Miriam Michelson, American Jewish Feminist Literary Star of the Western Frontier


This is (Not) What a Jewish Feminist Looks Like: San Francisco Women’s Clubs and Jewish Literary History

“The Girl Reporter in Fact and Fiction: Miriam Michelson’s New Women and Progressive Era Periodical Culture” (with Karen Skinazi). Legacy 34.2 (December 2017): 321-338. 



“'A Grave Experiment’: Emma Wolf’s Marriage Plots and the Deghettoization of American Jewish Fiction.” American Jewish History 101.1 (January 2017): 5-34. [excerpt



“Feminist Collaboration in an Era of Academic Instability” (with Karen Skinazi) in “Forum: Recovering American Women Writers through the Periodical Archive.” Ed. Desiree Henderson. American Periodicals (Spring 2017): 16-20. [excerpt



“Total Immersion: An Interview with Allegra Goodman.” MELUS 37.4 (Winter 2012): 187-202. [excerpt]



“Finding Home: The Future of Jewish American Literary Studies” (with Josh Lambert). Editors’ introduction to special issue of MELUS 37.2 (Summer 2012): 5-18. [preview of the special issue]



“Scholars and Knights: W.E.B. Du Bois, J.E. Spingarn, and the NAACP.” Jewish Social Studies 18.1 (Fall 2011): 63-87. [abstract]


“Inside Inside Man: Spike Lee and Post-9/11 Entertainment.” Cinema Journal 50.1 (Fall 2010): 39-58. Reprinted in The Race and Media Reader. Ed. Gil Rodman. New York: Routledge, 2013. [abstract]


“'Structure Would Equal Meaning’: Blues and Jazz Aesthetics in the Fiction of Nella Larsen.” Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature 28.2 (Fall 2009): 267-289. Excerpts reprinted in the Norton Critical Edition of Quicksand by Nella Larsen. [abstract]

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