Olga Gershenson




Gershenson, O. (2013). The Phantom Holocaust: Soviet Cinema and Jewish Catastrophe.New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press.

Accompannying website: www.phantomholocaust.org

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Gershenson, O. & B. Penner (Eds).
(2009). Ladies and Gents: Public Toilets and Gender. Philadelphia: Temple University Press. Read the Introduction (courtesy of Temple University Press).

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Gershenson, O. (2005). Gesher: Russian Theatre in Israel; A Study of Cultural Colonization. New York: Peter Lang.

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Journal Articles (download articles in pdf or html)

Gershenson, O. (2013). The Holocaust on Soviet Screens: Charting the Map. Search and Research (special issue on representation of the Holocaust in Soviet literature and film), 19, 101-121.

Gershenson, O. (2013). The missing links of the Holocaust cinema: Evacuation in Soviet films. Post Script: Essays in Film and the Humanities, 32(2), 53-63.

Gershenson, O. (2011). The unknown Vinogradov. Iskusstvo Kino, 7 , 136-144. [In Russian]

Gershenson, O. and D. Shneer. (2011). Soviet Jewishness and cultural studies. Special issue of Journal of Jewish Identities on Russian-Jewish immigrant identity, 4(1), 129-147

Gershenson, O. (2011). "Is Israel part of Russia?" Immigrants on Russian and Israeli screens. Israel Affairs (special issue on Russian immigration to Israel ), 17(1) , 164-176.

Gershenson, O. (2009). Accented memory: Russian immigrants reimagine Israeli past. Journal of Israeli History, 28(1) , 21-36 .

Gershenson, O. & D. Hudson. (2008). New immigrant, old story: Framing Russians on the Israeli screen. Journal of Film and Video, 60 (3-4), 25-42.

Gershenson, O. & D. Hudson. (2007). Absorbed by Love: Russian Immigrant Woman in Israeli Film. Journal of Modern Jewish Studies, 6(3), 301-315 .

Gershenson, O. (2007). Politics of identity and critical judgment: Gesher Theatre in Israel . Thamyris/Intersecting: Place, Sex and Race, 14, 99-114. (Special issue Constellations of the transnational: Modernity, culture, critique ).

Gershenson, O. (2005). Postcolonial discourse analysis and intercultural communication: Building the new model. The Intercultural and International Communication Annual, 28, 124-145.

Gershenson, O. (2005). KI from Crime: Kama Ginkas stages Dostoevsky. Toronto Slavic Review, 11.

Gershenson, O. (2003). The lure and threat of cultural hybridity. Journal of International Communication, 9(2), 106-122.

Gershenson, O. (2003). Misunderstanding between Israelis and Soviet immigrants: Linguistic and cultural factors. Multilingua, 22(3), 275-290.

Gershenson, O. (2003). The family of strangers: Metaphors of connection and separation in Gesher theatre in Israel. Western Journal of Communication, 67(3), 315-334.

Gershenson, O. (2002). Bridging theatre: Gesher's transition from Russian to Hebrew. TEATR: Russian Theatre Past and Present, 3, 99-113.

Gershenson, O. (1994). Mezhkulturnye neponimaniya: Israeltiane i repatrianty iz Rossii [Cross-cultural misunderstanding: Israelis and Russian immigrants]. Slavianovedenie, 4, 53-58.

Book chapters (download articles in pdf or html)

Gershenson, O. (2014). Gesher: an immigrant theater in Israeli media, a snapshot from the1990s. In D. Caspi and N. Elias (Eds.), Ethnic Minorities and Media in the Holy Land. London: Vallentine-Mitchell, 27-43.

Gershenson, O. (2013). Cultural colonization: A case-study of Gesher Theatre. In J. Lerner and R. Feldhay (Eds.), Russians in Israel. Jerusalem: Van Leer Institute and Hakibbutz Hameuhad, 129-150. [In Hebrew]

Gershenson, O.(2012). Les Insoumis (1945) ou comment un roman soviétique est devenu un film juif. In V. Pozner and N. Laurent (Eds.), Kinojudaica. Les Représentations des Juifs dans le Cinéma de Russie et d’Union Soviétique des Années 1910 aux Années 1980. Paris: Nouveau Monde Éditions, 341-365.

Gershenson, O. (2011). Immigrant cinema: Russian-Israelis on screens and behind the cameras. In M. Talmon-Bohm and Y. Peleg (Eds.), Israeli Cinema: Identities in Motion. Austin: Texas University Press.

Gershenson, O. (2010). The Restroom Revolution: Unisex toilets and campus politics. In H. Molotch and L. Norén (Eds.). Toilet: Public Restrooms and the Politics of Sharing. New York: New York University Press, 191-208.

Gershenson, O. & B. Penner. (2009). Introduction: The private life of public conveniences.In O. Gershenson & B. Penner (Eds.). Ladies and Gents: Public Toilets and Gender. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1-35.

Gershenson, O. (2009). Accented past: Russian immigrants in Israeli film. In M. Kenigshtein (Ed.). The Gold of Exile: Spiritual and Cultural Integration of Russian Jews in Israel. Moscow; Jerusalem: Gesharim, 349-374. [In Russian].

Gershenson, O. & D. Hudson. (2008). In love, willingly: Immigration, gender, cinema. In E. E. Nosenko (Ed.), Israel through the “Russian” Eyes: Cultures and Identities. Moscow: Institute of Oriental Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences: Natalis Press, 377-398. [In Russian]

Gershenson, O. (2008). Ambivalence and identity in Russian-Jewish cinema. In. S.J. Bronner (Ed.), Jewish Cultural Studies, Volume I. Jewishness: Expression, Identity, and Representation. Oxford: The Littman Library of Jewish Civilization, 175-195. Reprinted in Contemplate.

Editorials and Essays

Gershenson, O. (February 4, 2013). "There is a Jewish character in every one of my films…" Booknik.

Gershenson, O. (January 30, 2013). Countering single-narrative academic tours of Israel. +972 Magazine

Gershenson, O. (2011). Aliyah to the movies: Russian & Israeli Cinema. Jewish Quarterly, 217, 31-35. Reprinted in Secular Culture & Ideas.

Gershenson, O. (Spring 2010). Jewish Moscow - a Guidebook. AJS Perspectives: The Magazine of the Association for Jewish Studies , 38-39.

Gershenson, O. and D. Shneer (March 20, 2009 print edition). From Russia with Lessons in Transnational Jewish Identity-Building. The Jewish Daily Forward, 7.

Gershenson, O. (2008). Ambivalence and identity in Russian Jewish cinema. Contemplate: The International Journal of Cultural Jewish Thought (2008-2009), issue 5, 73-79.

Special Issues

Begley, V. & O. Gershenson (2005). "Volumes: New Insights into the Gendered Construction of Space/s" (Including editorial introduction Volumes: Editorial Introduction). Journal of International Women's Studies, 6(2).


Gershenson, O. (2013). Review of First Films of the Holocaust: Soviet Cinema and the Genocide of the Jews, 1938-1946 by Jeremy Hicks. Shofar 32(1), 128-130.

Gershenson, O. (2013, December 16). Fetishizing the Holocaust. Haaretz.

Gershenson, O. (October 10, 2013). A new play wakes up and smells the Russian-Jewish Borscht. Jewniverse.

Gershenson, O. (July 10, 2013). Goodbye, Boys! & forbidden Soviet Jewish film. Jewniverse.

Gershenson, O. (August 24, 2012). An indelible legacy. The Jewish Daily Forward.

Gershenson, O. (2011). Review of Israeli Cinema: East/West and the Politics of Representation by Ella Shohat. Ethnic and Racial Studies, 34(10), 1771-1772.

Gershenson, O. (October 7, 2011). Friday film: Iraq, Israel, and Rock 'n' Roll. The Jewish Daily Forward.

Gershenson, O. (August 8, 2011). In the occupied territories, order trumps law. The Jewish Daily Forward. Reprinted in The Jewish Advocate.

Gershenson, O. (July 22, 2011). A Queen honored, a King and a Jester premiered. Shadows of the Holocaust on the screens of the Moscow Film Festival. The Jewish Daily Forward.

Gershenson, O. (2009). Review of Soviet and Kosher: Jewish Popular Culture in the Soviet Union, 1923-1939 by Anna Shternshis. Ab Imperio, 1, 478-483.

Gershenson, O. (2008). Roots Lost and Found. [Review of the film Roots]. The New Vilna Review, 1. Reprinted in Secular Culture & Ideas

Gershenson, O. (2007). Review of Russkaya Ulitza v Yevreiskoi Strane: Issledovanie Folklora Emigrantov 1990-h v Izraile. [ Russian street in the Jewish state: Research on folklore of the 1990s émigrés in Israel ] by Mariya Yelenevskaya and Larisa Fialkova. Ab Imperio, 1, 529-533.