Department of Modern Languages and Comparative Literature
Phone: (646) 312-4226
Fax: (646) 312-4211
Location: VC 6-273
Ruth Adler (Ph.D New York University) has done extensive research on the life and works of Y.L. Peretz. She is the author of Women of the Shtetl through the Eyes of Y.L. Peretz ( Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 1980).
In addition, she has written numerous articles on the Hebrew nobel-laureate S.Y. Agnon and the female Hebrew writer Dvora Baron. Professor Adler is an expert on contemporary Hebrew, Yiddish and Jewish-American literatures as well as on Biblical and post-Biblical Hebrew Literature. Her scholarly interest also extends to the immigrant experience, the evolving role of women in the transition from the Shtetl to the shores of America. In lectures and articles she has challenged the prevailing stereotype of the “Jewish Mother.” She co edited with Rendsburg, Arfa and Winter, The Bible World, Ktav Pub. Co., 198l.
Her articles on Dvora Baron appeared as a chapter in Women of the World, published by Wayne State University, and in Proceedings of the World Congress of Jewish Studies. Two of her essays—one on Jewish American women writers and one on the universal aspects of Peretz’s folktales—have appeared in Twentieth Century Literature Criticism. Prof. Adler serves as a speaker for the NYS Council for the Humanities where she has lectured on diverse topics of Hebrew, Yiddish and American literature and culture.
Professor Adler teaches Hebrew courses at all levels and Literature in Translation. She serves as an advisor to Hebrew minors at Baruch.