PhD (University of California, Santa Cruz, 1982)
Visiting appointments: Bar-Ilan University, Summer 1988; Fudan University, 1988-89; Oxford University, Summer 1990; Vilnius University, Summer 1999.
Specializations: Yiddish literature; Ashkenazic cultural studies; narratology; critical theory.
Books: Bibliography of Isaac Bashevis Singer, 1924-1949 (1983); Fear of Fiction: Narrative Strategies in the Works of Isaac Bashevis Singer (1985).
Edited Books: Recovering the Canon: Essays on Isaac Bashevis Singer (1986); Twentieth-Century Literary Theory: An Introductory Anthology, with Vassilis Lambropoulos (1987).
Articles on: I. B. Singer; Sholom Aleichem; Y.-L. Perets; fictive discourse; interview as genre; theory of allusion.
Major courses taught: I. B. Singer (team-taught with the author); Sholom Aleichem and the Invention of Yiddish Literature; Poetics of the Literary Manifesto; Postmodernism in Yiddish Literature.