Gender, voice, and canon

  • Rachel Barenblat Bayit: Building Jewish
Keywords: Feminism, Media fandom, Midrash


The Jewish tradition of midrash (exegetical/interpretive fiction) parallels the fannish tradition of creating fan works in more ways than one. In the twentieth century, both contexts saw the rise of women's voices, shifting or commenting on androcentric canon—and in both contexts today, that gender binarism is giving way to a more complicated and multifaceted tapestry of priorities and voices.

Author Biography

Rachel Barenblat, Bayit: Building Jewish

Rabbi Rachel Barenblat holds an MFA from Bennington and is a founding builder at BAYIT. She blogs as the Velveteen Rabbi.