Donald Weber

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Donald Weber
Occupation Professor
Nationality United States
Genre Jewish American literature
Notable works Haunted in the New World

Donald Weber is a literary critic and a specialist in Jewish American literature and film studies. He is the Lucia, Ruth, and Elizabeth Professor of English and Chair of the English department at Mount Holyoke College.[1]


Weber received his B.A. from State University of New York at Stony Brook and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Columbia University. He joined Mount Holyoke in 1981.



  • Haunted in the New World. Indiana University Press, 2005. ISBN 0-253-34579-0. The book's subtitle, Jewish American Culture from Cahan to The Goldbergs, reflects its broad scope as a review of Jewish-American literature and popular culture.

Select Essays[edit]

  • "Taking Jewish American Popular Culture Seriously: The Yinglish Worlds of Gertrude Berg, Milton Berle, and Mickey Katz," Jewish Social Studies 5 (1999), 124-53.
  • "Manners and Morals, Civility and Barbarism: The Cultural Contexts of Seize the Day," in New Essays on Seize the Day, ed. Michael P. Kramer (New York, Cambridge Univ. Press 1998), pp. 43–70.
  • "The Jewish American World of Gertrude Berg: The Goldbergs on Radio and Television, 1930-1950," in Talking Back: Representations of Jewish Women in American Popular Culture, ed Joyce Antleer (Hanover: Univ. Press of New England, 1998), pp. 85–99' 260-63.
  • "'No Secrets Were Safe From Me': Situating Hanif Kureishi," The Massachusetts Review 39 (1997), 119-35.
  • "Memory and Repression in Early Ethnic Television: The Example of Gertrude Berg and The Goldbergs," in The Other Fifties: Interrogating Midcentury American Icons, ed. Joel Foreman (Urbana: Univ. of Illinois Press, 1996), pp. 144–67.
  • "Outsiders and Greenhorns: Christopher Newman in the Old World, David Levinsky in the New," American Literature 67 (1995), 725-36.
  • "From Limen to Border: A Meditation on the Legacy of Victor Turner for American Cultural Studies," American Quarterly 47 (1995), 525-36.
  • Reconsidering the Hansend Thesis: Generational Metaphors and American Ethnic Studies," American Quarterly 43 (1991), 320-332.
  • "Historicizing the Errand," American Literary History 2 (1990), 101-18.



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