Regarding "insanity and gender" in modern Jewish fiction:
See the character of Miriam Devorah in S.Y. Agnon's "The Hazzanim" in "A City in Its Fullness," ed. Mintz and Saks (Toby Press), pp 78-97 (in Hebrew in his "Ir uMeloah"). See also the articles by Mintz, Arbell, and Katzman:
and the chapter by Alan Mintz in his "Ancestral Tales" (SUP).
Director of Research, Agnon House