Naomi Seidman

Jackman Humanities Professor

Cross-Appointments

Department for The Study of Religion

Areas of Interest

Interests

  • Literature and Secularization
  • Translation Studies
  • Psychoanalysis
  • Eastern European Literature and Culture
  • Orthodox Judaism
  • Religion and Gender

Selected Publications

  • A Marriage Made in Heaven: The Sexual Politics of Hebrew and Yiddish (1997)
  • Faithful Renderings: Jewish-Christian Difference and the Politics of Translation (2006)
  • The Marriage Plot, or How Jews Fell in Love with Love, and with Literature (2016)
  • A Revolution in the Name of Tradition: Sarah Schenirer and Bais Yaakov (2019)
  • The Navel of the Dream: Freud’s Jewish Languages (forthcoming)
  • “Gender and the Re-Making of Modern Jewry,” in The Cambridge History of Judaism Volume 8, eds. Mitchell Hart and Tony Michels (2018)

Biography

Professor Seidman was the Koret Professor of Jewish Culture at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California, and is the Jackman Humanities Professor at the University of Toronto, with a split appointment between the Department for the Study of Religion and the Centre for Diaspora and Transnational Studies. Her first book, A Marriage Made in Heaven: The Sexual Politics of Hebrew and Yiddish, appeared in 1997; her second, Faithful Renderings: Jewish-Christian Difference and the Politics of Translation, in 2006. A third, The Marriage Plot, Or, How Jews Fell in Love with Love, and with Literature, appeared in 2016. A 2016 Guggenheim Fellow, Professor Seidman is presently working on a study of the founding of Bais Yaakov in interwar Poland.

Education

PhD

Awards