Charlotte Fonrobert

Charlotte Fonrobert

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Department of Religious Studies
Building 70, Room 71B
Stanford, CA 94305-2165

Department of Religious Studies

  • Re-Placing the Nation: Judaism, Diaspora and the Politics of Neighborhood (book manuscript in preparation)
  • Introduction to the Talmud (Cambridge University Press), under contract as part of their series on the great texts of the world’s religions
  • Commentary on Tractate Eruvin, volume to be published with Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, as part of a multi-volume Feminist Commentary to the Talmud, to be edited by Tal Ilan and underwritten by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Foundation)

Books and Edited Volumes:

Menstrual Purity: Rabbinic and Christian Reconstructions of Biblical Gender (Stanford University Press 2000, paperback 2001), Winner of the Salo Baron Wittmayer. Prize for a Best First Book in Jewish Studies, 2000; Finalist of the National Jewish Book Award, Category: Jewish Scholarship, 2000 (paperback version 2001)

Jewish Conceptions and Practice of Space, ed. and intr. with Vered Shemtov, special edition of Jewish Social Studies 11:3 (Spring/ Summer 2005)

Cambridge Companion to Rabbinic Literature, ed. and intr. with Martin Jaffee (Cambridge University Press, May 2007)

Jacob Taubes, From Cult to Culture, ed., trsl. and preface with Amir Engel (Stanford University Press, January 2010)

Articles in Referred Journals:

“Gynecological Exams in Rabbinic Literature - Women's Bodies Between Female Autonomy and Male Control,” JAGNES 4:2, Fall 1993, pp.65-72

“When the Rabbi Weeps: On Reading Gender in Talmudic Aggadah,” in Nashim: A Journal of Jewish Women's Studies & Gender Issues 4 (Fall 2001), pp.56-84

“The Didascalia Apostolorum: A Mishnah for the Disciples of  Jesus,” Journal of Early Christian Studies 9:4  (Winter 2001), pp.483-511

“When Women Walk in the Ways of Their Fathers: On Gendering the Rabbinic Claim for Authority,” in Journal of the History of Sexuality 10: 3/4 (Winter 2001)

“From Separatism to Urbanism: The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Origins of the Rabbinic Eruv," Dead Sea Discoveries 11:1 (2004), pp.43-71

“The Political Symbolism of the Eruv,” Jewish Social Studies 11:3 (Spring/Summer 2005), pp.9-35

“On Carnal Israel and the Consequences: Talmudic Studies Since Foucault,” Jewish Quarterly Review 95:3 (Summer 2005), pp.462-469

“Plato in Rabbi Shimon bar Yohai’s Cave (bShabbat 33b-34a): The Talmudic Inversion of Plato’s Politics,” AJS Review 31:2 (Fall 2007), pp.277-296

“Blood and Law: Uterine Fluids and Rabbinic Maps of Identity,” Henoch 30:2 (2008) (special issue devoted to the topic of Blood) edited by Raanan Boustan and Annette Yoshiko Reed)

“Neighborhood as Ritual Space: The Case of the Rabbinic Eruv,” for Archiv für Religionsgeschichte 10 (2008), pp.239-258 (as part of a group of papers on domestic and   public spaces for ritual in Late Antiquity)

“Une Cartographie Symbolique: le eruv en Diaspora,” Cahiers du Judaisme 25:26-27 ( 2009)

Chapters in Books/Anthologies:

“Paul, How Can We Understand Him? How Do We Understand Our Understanding?” in Paul the Jew: Jewish/ Christian Dialogue, ed. by Wilhelm Wuellner and Haim Perelmuter, Center for Hermeneutical Studies 60, 1990, pp.48-53

“The Women with a Blood-Flow (Mark 5:24-34) Revisited: Menstrual Polemics in Christian Feminist   Hermeneutics” in Early Interpretation of the Scriptures of Israel: Investigation and Proposals,  JTNTSup 148, ed. by Craig A.Evans and James A. Sanders, 1997, pp.121-141

“Yalta's Ruse: Resistance Against Rabbinic Menstrual Authority in Talmudic Literature”, in Women and Water: Female Rituals of Purification in Jewish History and Culture,ed. by Rachel Wasserfall, University Press of New England, 1999, pp.60-82

“To Increase Torah is to Increase Life: Poetics of the Mind and Poetics of the Everyday in Jewish Culture,” in The Meaning of Life in the World Religions, Oxford: Oneworld Publications, 1999, pp.71-93

“Taming the Powers of Desire: Love and Sex in Jewish Culture,” in Love, Sex and Gender in the World Religions, ed. by Joseph Runzo and Nancy M. Martin, Oxford: Oneworld Publications, 2000, pp.113-129

“Von Deutschland zum Judentum,” in Zwischen-Räume: Deutsche  feministische Theologinnen im Ausland, ed. by Katharina von Kellenbach und Susanne Scholz, Munster - Hamburg/ London: LitVerlag, 2000, pp.41-54

“The Beginnings of Rabbinic Textuality: Women's Bodies and Paternal Knowledge,” in Beginning/Again: Toward a Hermeneutic of Jewish Texts, ed. by Aryeh Cohen and Shaul Magid, New York: Seven Bridges Press, 2001, pp.49-68

“Frauen im Judentum,” in Handbuch zur Geschichte der Juden in Europa, vol.II, ed. by E.V.Kotowski, J.H. Schoeps and H. Wallenborn, Darmstadt: Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft, 2001 “Judaism and Violence,” Religion and Violence, ed. by Philippe Buc, published in Morocco (in Arabic), 2002

“The Semiotics of the Sexed Body in Early Halakhic Discourse,” in Closed and Open: Readings of Rabbinic Texts, ed. by Matthew A. Kraus (Gorgias Press: 2006, in print), pp.69-96 (Williams College conference volume)

“Jewish Christians, Judaizers, and Christian Anti-Judaism,” in Late Ancient Christianity, ed. by Virginia Burrus and Rebecca Lyman, Vol. 2 of A People’s History of Christianity (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2005), pp.234-255

“The Handmaid, the Trickster and the Birth of the Messiah: A Critical Appraisal of the Feminist Valorization of Midrash Aggada,” in Current Trends in the Study of Midrash,ed. by Carol Bakhos, Supplement to Journal for the Study of Judaism 106,(Leiden: Brill, 2006), 245-277

“Regulating the Human Body: Rabbinic Legal Discourse and the Making of Jewish Gender,” in Cambridge Companion to Rabbinic Literature, ed. by C. Fonrobert and M. Jaffee (Cambridge University Press, 2007)

“Gender Politics in the Rabbinic Neighborhood: Tractate Eruvin,” in Introduction to the Feminist Talmud Commentary – Seder Moed, ed. by Tal Ilan, Tamara Or, Dorothea M. Salzer, Christiane Steuer and Irina Wanderey (Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2007)

Encyclopedia Articles:

“Abomination,” “Androginos,” “Blasphemy,” “Blood” in Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception (Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, April 2009)

“Orthodoxy,” in International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences (forthcoming, Macmillan USA, 2007)

“Gender Identity in Jewish Law,” in Jewish Women: A Comprehensive Historical Encyclopedia (CD-Rom Edition), ed. by Paula Hyman and Dalia Ofer (Philadelphia: Jewish Publication Society, 2007)

“Purification in Judaism,” in Encyclopedia of Religion, 2nd edition (2004)

E. Book Reviews:

Catherine Heszer, “Form, Function, and Historical  Significance of the Rabbinic Story in Yerushalmi Neziqin,” 1993, in Religious Studies Review

Reinhard Feldmeier and Ulrich Heckel, eds., “Die Heiden: Juden, Christen und das Problem des Fremden,” 1994, for IOUDAIOS Review (professional computer list)

Neusner, Jacob, “Rabbinic Literature and the New Testament,” 1994 for Journal of Biblical Literature

Michael L. Satlow, “Tasting the Dish: Rabbinic Rhetorics of Sexuality,” 1995 for Religious Studies Review

J. Julius Scott, “Customs and Controversies: Intertestamental Jewish Backgrounds of the New Testament,” 1995, for Critical Review of Books in Religion

Robert Brody, “The Geonim of Babylonia and the Shaping of Medieval Jewish Culture,” 1998 for Hebrew Literature

Miriam Peskowitz, “Spinning Fantasies: Rabbis, Gender, and History,” 1997, for Journal of American Academy of Religion 67:1 (March 1999), pp.245-248

Judith Hauptman, “Rereading the Rabbis: A Women's Voice,” 1998, for Religious Studies Review

Meir Bar-Ilan, Some Jewish Women in Antiquity, 1998, for Association for Jewish Studies Review 25:1 (2000/2001), pp.101-104

James L. Kugel, ed., Studies in Ancient Midrash, Shofar 22:4 (Summer 2004)

Gabriele Boccaccini, Roots of Rabbinic Judaism: An Intellectual History: From Ezekiel to Daniel, Shofar 22:4 (Summer 2004)

Michael L. Satlow, Jewish Marriage in Antiquity, Shofar 23: (Winter 2005)

Michael L. Satlow, Jewish Marriage in Antiquity, Review of Biblical Literature (Winter 2003)

Paul Heger, The Pluralistic Halakhah, Review of Biblical Literature, (Winter 2003)

Giuseppe Veltri, Gegenwart der Tradition: Studien zur jüdischen Literature und Kulturgeschichte (2002), for Studia Philonica Annual, 2004

Sivertsev, Alexei, Households, Sects, and the Origins of Rabbinic Judaism, Supplements to the Journal for the Study of Judaism 102 (2005), for Journal for the Study of Judaism (Winter 2006/2007)

Evyatar Marienberg, Niddah: Lorsque les juifs conceptualisent la menstruation (2003), for AJS Review, Summer 2007

Schlör, Joachim, Das Ich der Stadt (2005); together with M. Kümper, B. Rösch, U. Schneider, H. Thien, eds., Makom: Orte und Räume im Judentum (2007), and J. Brauch, A. Lipphardt, and A. Nocke, Jewish Topographies: Visions of Space, Traditions or Place (2008), Review Essay for AJS Review 33:1 (Spring 2009)


Post-Biblical Literary Commentary on select Torah Portions (“Tazria,” “Metzora,” “Bechukotai,” “Re’eh”), 750 words each, for Women’s Torah Commentary (New York: URJ Press, 2007)

Jewish Mosaic, Torah Queeries Commentary, “Va-yikra”(NYU Press, 2009)