Curriculum Vita

 Jyl Lynn Felman CV (PDF)


M.F.A. Creative Writing, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 1990.
J.D. Western New England College School of Law, 1983.
M.A. English, University of New Hampshire, Durham, 1977.
B.A. English, Syracuse University, 1975.

Academic Appointments

Lecturer: Women and Gender Studies, Suffolk University, 2010 to the present.

Visiting Assistant Professor: Judaic Studies, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 2002 – August 2009; Commonwealth Honors College, 2003 – August 2009.

Visiting Scholar Center for Gender Studies, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic, October 19, 2001 through November 2, 2001.

Assistant Professor: Women’s Studies Program, Brandeis University, 1997 – 2001. Head of the Undergraduate Program in Women’s Studies.

Adjunct Assistant Professor: Women’s Studies Program, Brandeis University, 1994 – 1996, Spring 2002.

Research Associate: Five College Women’s Studies Research Center, Mount Holyoke College, 1994 – 1995.

Instructor English Department, Creative Writing, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Spring 1990.

Instructor: Social Thought and Political Economy Program, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Fall 1989.

Instructor: English Department, Undergraduate Writing Program, University of New Hampshire, Durham, 1978 – 1980.

Courses Taught

  • Reading and Writing Autobiography
  • Creative Writing
  • Fiction
  • Independent Study: Playwriting
  • Advanced Prose Writing
  • Rhetoric and Composition
  • Freshman Composition
  • Writing For Social Thought and Political Economy
  • Art, Activism, and Academics: The Work of Black Feminist Poet and Writer Audre Lorde
  • Women in Culture and Society
  • Advanced Feminist Theory
  • Introduction to Women’s Studies
  • Feminist Pedagogy
  • Blacks, Jews, and Roma
  • Jewish Women Writers
  • Contemporary Jewish American Literature and Culture
  • The Holocaust and Jewish Identity
  • Harmonies and Tensions: US Blacks and Jews

Selected Publications


Never A Dull Moment: Teaching, and the Art of Performance, Routledge, 2001.

Cravings: A Sensual Memoir, Beacon Press, Paperback, 1998.

Cravings: A Sensual Memoir, Beacon Press, Hardback, 1997.

Hot Chicken Wings, Virago, UK, July, 1996.

Hot Chicken Wings, Aunt Lute Books, October, 1992.

Creative Nonfiction

“Terri Schiavo, Inc.,” Bridges: A Jewish Feminist Journal, 11:1 (Spring, 2006) 55-66.

“From GI Joe in the Last Row to Damsels in Distress: Performing Masculinities and Femininities in the Classroom,” Cargo: Journal of Anthropology, Charles University, (Prague, Czech Republic) Dvoucish 1.2.2002 Vychazi v Srpnu 2002.

“Lost Jewish (Male) Souls,” updated version in Queer Jews, edited by David Shneer and Caryn Aviv, Routledge, (2002) 125-135.

“Lost Jewish Males Souls,” Tikkun, 10:3 (May/June, 1995) 27-30.

“If Only I’d Been Born A Kosher Chicken,” Searching for Your Soul, edited by Katherine Kurs, Schocken, (1999) 226-236.

“If Only I’d Been Born A Kosher Chicken,” excerpted in Through The Kitchen Window, edited by Arlene Voski Avakian, Beacon, (1997) 360-362.

“If Only I’d Been Born A Kosher Chicken,” Surface Tension, edited by Meg Daly, Simon & Schuster, (1996) 218-230.

“If Only I’d Been Born A Kosher Chicken,” excerpted in Nice Jewish Girls, edited by Marlene Adler Marks, Plume/Penguin, (1996) 83–87.

“If Only I’d Been Born A Kosher Chicken,” Tikkun, 9:4 (August, 1994) 47-50, 78-79.

“Public Exposure,” Tikkun, 12:5 (September/October, 1997) 63-64.

“Private Rituals,” Every Woman I Ever Loved: Lesbian Writers on Their         Mothers, edited by Catherine Reid and Holly Iglesias, Cleis Press, (1997) 91-101.

“Nurturing the Soul,” Tikkun, 10:10 (July/August, 1996) 78-82.

“The Meaning of Blood,” Jewish Currents, (May, 1996) 34, 48.

“Border Crossings,” Tikkun, 10:7 (January/February, 1996) 66-67.

“Transgression in Jewish Literature,” Judaica Librarianship, 8:1-2, (1993-94) 119-120.

“Hairdos and Don’ts,” expanded version as “L’Dor V’Dor,” Her Face In The Mirror, edited by Faye Moskowitz, Beacon, (1994) 216-220.

“Hairdos and Don’ts,” Forward, (July 30, 1993) 12.

“Gay, Jewish and Whole,” Jewish Currents, (January, 1993) 5-7.

“Stranger in a Strange Land,” Inside Magazine, (September, 1992) 45-46, 48.

“Beyond Ketah Aleph,” expanded version of “Stranger In a Strange Land,” Sojourner,17:11( 1992) 5-6.

“The Forbidden,” Women’s Studies Journal at Michigan State University, 6:1 (Fall, 1992) 20-21.

“For Love and For Life,” Tikkun, 3:1 (January/February, 1988) 64-65.

“Why I Want To Be A Rabbi,” The Tribe Of Dina, edited by Irena Klepfisz and Melanie Kaye Kantrowitz, Beacon, (1989) 189-196.

Short“Jelly Rolls,” The Strange History of Suzanne La Fleshe, edited by Susan

Stories Koppleman, The Feminist Press at CUNY, (2003) 108-115.

“Her Job,” Korone, 7 (1992) 20-22.

“Jelly Rolls,” A Loving Voice, edited by Carolyn Banks and Janis Rizzo, The Charles Press, (1991) 258-267.

“Voices,” Bridges, 1:4 (Spring, 1991) 35-41.

“Miss Ohio,” Korone, 6 (1990) 32-36.

“Absence,” Bridges, 1:3 (Fall, 1990) 63-68.

“Hot Chicken Wings,” Tide Lines, edited by Lee Fleming, Gynergy Books, (1991) 12-21.

“Hot Chicken Wings,” Speaking For Myself, edited by Irene Zahava, Crossing Press, (1990) 140-154.

“Crisis,” Speaking For Myself, edited by Irene Zahava, Crossing Press, (1990) 57-70.

“Crisis,” Sinister Wisdom, 27 (Fall, 1984) 66-74.

“Zmira,” Syracuse Review, 1:1 (1975) 4-7.

Plays Produced as Adaptations from Hot Chicken Wings

“Crisis,” Readers Theater, Aaron Deroy Theater Company of Metropolitan Detroit, 1993.

“Voices,” Evergreen Theater, First Festival of One Act Plays, Hadley, Massachusetts, 1992.

Review Essays

“There’s Something I’ve Been Meaning To Tell You,” National Women’s Studies Association Journal, 3:1 (Winter, 1991) 138-142.

Book Reviews

“Reclaiming Tradition,” Lambda Book Report, 6:02, (Sept., 1997) 18-19.

“Aimee & Jaguar,” Sojourner, 21:11 (July, 1996) 31.

“Overcoming Foreskin Envy,” Harvard Gay and Lesbian Review, 2:4 (Fall, 1995) 39.

“Fly Girl,” Lambda Book Report, 4:12 (September/October, 1995) 31.

“What Possesses Rainbow Rosenbloom?” Forward, (February 3, 1995) 10.

“The Representation of Evil,” Sojourner, 19:6 (February, 1994) 38-39; edited version reprinted as, “Judy Chicago,” Lilith, 19:2 (Summer, 1994) 15-16.

“Voices That Remember,” Lambda Book Report, 3:4 (May/June, 1992) 26-27.

Selected Guest Author Appearances

  • Wellfleet Public Library, 2012.
  • Suffolk University, 2010, 2011.
  • Wellfleet Public Library, 2007.
  • Smith College, 2007.
  • Charter Oak Cultural Center, Hartford, 2006.
  • Stonewall Center, University of Massachusetts, 2004.
  • California State College, Northridge, 2004.
  • Duke University, Graduate School, 2003.
  • University of New Orleans, 2003.
  • Wooster College, 2003.
  • Trinity College, Women’s Studies, 1998, 2002, 2003.
  • Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic, 2002.
  • University of Maine, Women’s Studies, 2002.
  • University of Indiana, Purdue, Rufus Reading Series, English, Women’s Studies, 2002.
  • University of New Mexico, Las Cruces, Women’s Studies, Faculty Development, 2002.
  • Westfield State College, Dean’s Office, 2002.
  • University of Rhode Island, English, 1998.
  • Simmons College, Creative Writing, English, Women’s Studies, 1997, 1998.
  • Miami International Book Fair, Miami, 1997.
  • Emory University, Creative Writing, English, Women’s Studies, 1997.
  • Western Michigan State University, Visiting Scholar Program, 1996.
  • Northwestern University, Norris Center, English, Creative Writing, Judaic Studies, 1996.
  • University of Chicago, Champaigne, Hillel Lecture Series, 1996.
  • Mt. Holyoke College, Guest Writers Series, 1994.
  • Brown University, International Women’s Week, 1994.
  • Holyoke Community College, 1994.
  • University of Kansas, Keynote Address, Gayla Week, 1993.
  • Bowling Green State University, International Women’s Week, 1993.
  • Iowa State University, Center for Campus Life, 1993.
  • Temple University, International Women’s Week, 1993.
  • Grinnell College, Noun Program in Women’s Studies, 1993.
  • University of California, San Diego, Jewish Women’s Resource Center, 1993.
  • State University of New York, Binghamton, Creative Writing, Women’s Studies, 1992.
  • Michigan State University, Creative Writing, Judaic Studies, Women’s Studies, 1992.
  • Oberlin College, English, Creative Writing, 1992.
  • Smith College, Keynote Women’s Week, with Sabrina Sojourner, 1992.

Selected United States Radio and TV Interviews

Girl Kicks Girl, 2012
  • TV Interview and Reading, Studio Play House,
Never A Dull Moment: Teaching and the Art of Performance, 2001
  • “At Chautauqua,” KOPN, Columbia, MO., National Public Radio.
  • KXCI, Tucson, AZ.
  • “Gender Talk,” WMBR, Boston, MA.
  • KKSU, Manhattan, KS.
  • KCPW, Salt Lake City, UT., National Public Radio.
  • WOSU, Columbus, OH., National Public Radio.
  • WXSS, Hales Corners, WI.
  • WORT, Madison, WI.
  • KSTX, San Antonio, TX., 100,000 watt National Public Radio.
  • WBAA, W. Lafayette, IN., National Public Radio.
  • “Morning Edition,” KVON, Napa, CA.
  • “The Todd Mundt Show,” syndicated to 24 affiliates, Michigan Public Radio.
  • WIUM, Macomb, IL., National Public Radio.
  • “Radio with a View,” WMBR, Cambridge, MA.
  • McMullen Show,” Gloradio, BC.
  • WIP, Philadelphia, PA.
  • WRFG, Atlanta, GA.
  • KAXE, Grand Rapids, MN., 100,000 watt affiliate, National Public Radio.
  • “The Best of Our Knowledge,” WAMC, Albany, NY., syndicated to 100 stations, 400 stations internationally, National Public Radio.
  • New Jersey Network, syndicated National Public Radio:
      • WNJT, Trenton.
      • WNJS, Berlin.
      • WNJP Susfix.
      • WNJB, Ridgeton.
      • WNJN, Atlantic City.
      • WNJM, Manahocken.
      • WNJZ, Cape May.
  • KPFT, Pacifica, CA.
  • KCTH, Houston, TX.
  • KUAF Fayetteville, AR., National Public Radio.
  • KBOO, Portland, OR.
  • “Face the Music,” WCUW, Worcester, MA.
  • “Alternating Currents,” Cincinnati, OH.
  • “Feminist Magazine,” KPFK, Los Angeles, CA.
Cravings: A Sensual Memoir, 1997 – 1998
  • National Public Radio, “Book News.”
  • Southern Pacific Radio, California.
  • Wisconsin National Public Radio.
  • “Inner Views,” Florida’s Premier On-Air Magazine.
  • National Public Radio Affiliate, Antioch College, Dayton, Ohio.
  • National Public Radio Affiliate, Chicago, Illinois.

United Kingdom Radio and TV Interviews

Hot Chicken Wings, 1996
  • “The Late Show,” Southern Counties, England, (BBC) British Broadcasting.
  • “Woman Talk,” London, England, (BBC) British Broadcasting.
  • “Jewish London,” London, England, (BBC) British Broadcasting.
  • “Chris Mills Show,” Radio Bristol, England, (BBC) British Broadcasting.

TV Performances

“If Only I’d Been Born A Kosher Chicken,” one woman autobiographical show, aired repeatedly, nationally on C-SPAN’s performance series, 1997.

Professional Presentations

“Power, Politics, and Potboilers:  Feminist Pedagogy and the (de)Gendered Professor.”  Curriculum Development and Women and Gender Studies for the 21st Century, Conference and Colloquium between the University of Havana Women’s Studies Department and The Massachusetts Five College Women’s Studies Consortium, University of Havana, Cuba, January 2004.

“Art, Activism, and Academics:  The Work of Audre Lorde.”  Modern Language Association Annual Conference, New York, December 2002.

“Performance as Pedagogy,” Quinsigamond Community College, May 2002.

“Performance as Pedagogy,” IDEAS Fellows Summer Institute, July 2002.

“Performance as Pedagogy,” Minneapolis Public School System, Faculty Development Conference, July 2002.

“Performance as Pedagogy,” University of Texas, El Paso, April 2002.

“Performance as Pedagogy,” Yale University, Queer Teas at Yale, Faculty and Graduate Forum, November 2001.

“Performance as Pedagogy/Pedagogy as Performance,”  Faculty Lectures, Lesley College, November 2001.

“Academic Bodies In Motion,” London School of Economics, Gender Studies, October 2001.

“Masculinities and Femininities in Performance,” Charles University, Center for Gender Studies, International Lecture Series, “Feminism and Ethnography,” Prague, Czech    Republic, May 2001.

“From Damsels in Distress to GI Joe in the Last Row,” Harvard University, Graduate School of Education, Gender Studies Brownbag Series, April 2001.

“Constructing an Ethnic Gendered Voice in Jewish Women’s Autobiography,” presenter on panel, Constructing Women’s Voices in Contemporary Jewish Texts, National Women’s Studies Association Annual Conference, Simmons College, Boston, June 2000.

“Mothers or Madwomen: Mentoring in Feminist Pedagogy,” panel organizer and presenter, National Women’s Studies Association Conference, Simmons College, Boston, June 2000.

“All The Classroom’s A Stage:  Performing Feminist Teaching,” presenter on panel Not So Nice Jewish Girls, The Second Biennial Feminism(s) and Rhetoric(s) Conference, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, 1999.

“Jewish and Female,” Keynote Address, National Conference on Women in Medicine, Northampton, August 1998.

“Jewish Identity in the Arts,” University of Massachusetts Jewish Faculty Conference, Amherst, February 1997.

“Musings on Memoirs,” Mid-Atlantic Gay Writers’ Conference, Washington, D.C., October 1997.

“Nurturing the Soul,” Tikkun Summit On Ethics & Meaning, Washington, D.C., April 1996.

“Eye to Eye,” African and Jewish American performance presentation with Shirley Hayden-Whitely, University Women and Theatre Conference, Emory University, July 1995.

“Jewish and Female,” Keynote, American Jewish Congress Annual Feminist Symposium, Chicago, March 1994.

“Jewish Lesbian Literature,” Jewish Women’s Resource Center, New York, August 1994.

“Jewish Library Collection Policies,” Association of Jewish Libraries Conference, New York, August 1993.

“Generation to Generation,” panel presenter on Jewish Mothers and Daughters, American Jewish Congress Annual Feminist Symposium, Chicago, March 1993.

“Crossing Cultures,” International Women, Judaism, and Psychology Conference, Seattle, September 1992.

“African and Jewish American Identity,” with Shirley Hayden-Whitley, Women’s Studies Conference, Bowling Green State University, March 1992.

Research Areas

Jewish Women Writers; Jewish American Literature and Culture, Holocaust Literature, Women Playwrights;  African American Literature; Feminist Theory;  Audre Lorde.

Writing Contest Reader

Perugia Press Annual First Poetry Book Contest, Finalist Judge 2010, 2011, and Manuscript Reader 2007 to 2011.

Jane Chambers Annual Women’s Playwriting Contest, Script Reader, 2008 to present.

12th Annual Lambda Literary Awards, Biography/Autobiography Category, Judge, 2000.

Selected Honors, Distinctions, and Writing Awards

Nominated by students as an outstanding Brandeis faculty member, 2000 and 2001.

Brandeis University, selected as Professor of the “Best Course Survey,” for Women in Culture and Society; Feminism 2000 and Beyond; Reading and Writing Autobiography; and Contemporary Issues Between Blacks and Jews, 2000, 2001.

Brandeis University, Senior Survey, Ranked 2nd out of over 350 faculty and staff, 1999.

Finalist, Post Graduate Writing  Fellowship, Judged by Toni Morrison, State University of New York, Albany, 1983.

Finalist, Lambda Literary Awards, Hot Chicken Wings, 1993.

Writer in Residence, Berkshire Forum, March 1 through 31, 1991.

Performance Grant for production of Red, Hot, and Luscious, Flower Foundation, 1991.

Honorable Mention, Harvey Swados Graduate Fiction Contest, University of Massachusetts, Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Program, 1982.

Honorable Mention, Harvey Swados Graduate Fiction Contest, University of Massachusetts, Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Program, 1981.

First Runner-Up, Harvey Swados Graduate Fiction Contest, University of Massachusetts,

Amherst, Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Program, 1980.

Post Graduate Writing Fellowship, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 1978 – 1979.