Research Areas

WWII and its aftermath; 20th century Surrealism; World Cinema and Cultural Memory


AB, Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges, Classics and German (1968)

PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Comparative Literature (1976)


Inez Hedges

Inez Hedges

Inez Hedges

Inez Hedges

Inez Hedges, a resident scholar at the Brandeis Women’s Studies Research Center, is an author and playwright.  She is a Professor Emerita of Cultures, Societies, and Global Studies at Northeastern University where she founded the Cinema Studies program.  She has written a trilogy of plays about WWII and its aftermath.  “Children of Drancy” is a dramatization of the French Shoah; “ The Eagle and the Cactus” dramatizes the resistance activities of the French surrealist photographer Claude Cahun during the German occupation of the Isle of Jersey in WWII; and “Kafka in Palestine” is an imaginative is of the friendship between Franz Kafka and his sister Ottla in the early 20th century, their dream of emigrating to Palestine, and their disillusionment when they surface in contemporary Israel/Palestine as dybbuks. She lived in Paris, Ankara, and Bern before returning to the USA as a teenager.  She spent the year 1968-69 at the Free University of Berlin and was a Fulbright Research fellow in Belgium in 1983. She has published four books and several translations from German and French.

Current Projects

Inez Hedges is continuing with public presentations of “Kafka in Palestine” and writing an introduction to three plays on WWII and the Jewish experience so that these can be published together.

She is writing an essay on the Nanking massacre perpetrated by the Japanese occupiers of China in 1937. She is considering novels, fiction films, and documentaries.

She is also researching and writing a play on Lee Miller (1907-1977), who was connected to surrealism. Miller was a photographer who worked with Man Ray in Paris, set up her own studio in Harlem, and later worked as a war photographer in WWII.

Representative Publications

Inez Hedges is the author of four books, including World Cinema and Cultural Memory and Framing Faust: 20th Century Cultural Struggles.