Review Comment

[WMST 4302] Jewish Women Writers 1939 to the Present

May 22, 2010

Klepfisz, Irena Silver_nugget
[WMST 4302] Jewish Women Writers 1939 to the Present

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This was one of the best, if not the best class I have ever taken at Columbia! Professor Klepfisz is a profoundly knowledgeable and inspiring teacher. She truly cares about your intellectual growth and is eager to share her own insights with you. I loved the selection of readings – some of the stuff was fabulous! – and thought-provoking class discussions. You left the class still thinking about it, which is what I really liked. She may challenge you to clarify/develop your argument, but I found that you only benefit from it on the long run.

The exploratory one-page essays required to be submitted every week before class actually enhanced my reading experience. Plus, even though it’s been some time since the class ended, I can still remember almost all of the books we read, which is not what I can say about many other classes.

In short, this class was an amazing experience which changed my way of thinking of Jewish women’s literature and feminism, and actually inspired me to take more women's studies classes. I would recommend it to anyone who wants some meaningful and exciting class experience. If you are looking for an unforgettable class and an encounter with an awesome professor, don’t miss a chance to take a class with Prof. Klepfisz!


A reasonable load: a novel a week, one page exploratory essay with 2 questions for discussion, one five minute press article presentation –which was fun, four 3-4 page essays per semester – you can rewrite the first two; and one class presentation. It’s all doable and really not that much for a four point class.

Directory Data

Dept/Subj Directory Course Professor Year Semester Time Section
WSTB / WMST WSTB WMST W4302: 20th Century Jewish Wmn Writers II Irena Klepfisz 2011 Spring T / 4:10- 6:00 PM 1
WSTB / WMST WSTB WMST W4302: 20th Century Jewish Wmn Writers II Irena Klepfisz 2009 Fall T / 4:10- 6:00 PM 1