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Adia Mendelson-Maoz, Associate Professor

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Prof. Adia Mendelson-Maoz
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The Open University of Israel Department of Literature, Language and Arts 1 University Road, P. O. Box 808, Raanana 43107, Israel
Office:972-9-7781105/990 Email:adiamen@openu.ac.il

News

 

Borders, Territories and Ethics - Hebrew Litearture in the Shadow of the Intifada

Purdue University Press, 2018

 Borders, Territories, and Ethics: Hebrew Literature in the Shadow of the Intifada

 

Kaniuk Yoram, Soap. (Editor of the unpublished novel and the author of an epilogue chapter) 

Yediot Sfarim, 2018

 
 
 

 

Multiculturalism in Israel  - Literary Perspectives

Perdue University Press, 2014

Multiculturalism in Israel  - Literary Perspectives

 

Personal site in Academia

Areas Of Interest
  • Modern and Contemporary Hebrew Literature
  • Literature and the Israeli Culture
  • Literature and Ethics
  • Multiculturalism in Israel

Adia Mendelson-Maoz is an associate professor in Israeli literature and culture at the Open University of Israel. She investigates the multifaceted relationships between literature, ethics, politics, and culture, mainly in the context of Hebrew Literature and Israeli culture.

Since 2016 -
Associate Professor
Chair, Department of Literature, Language and Arts
The Open University of Israel

2015-2016 - Visiting Scholar
Department of Near Eastern languages and civilizations, Harvard University

Since 2015 - Associate Professor
The Open University of Israel, Department of Literature, Language and Arts
Senior Faculty Member in Literature and Culture
Head of Hebrew Literature Section
Member of the steering committee for the MA program in Cultural Studies

2012-2015 - Senior Lecturer
The Open University of Israel, Department of Literature, Language and Arts

2009-2012 - Lecturer
The Open University of Israel, Department of Literature, Language and Arts

2008-2009 - Visiting Lecturer
The Open University of Israel, Department of Literature, Language and Arts

2006-2008 - Tutor and Course Coordinator
The Open University of Israel
“Israeli Prose in the Sixties”
Development: “A History of Modern Hebrew Literature”
“Israeli Prose in the Sixties” – rewrite; “Multiculturalism in Israel”

2005-2008 - Tutor and Course Coordinator
The Open University of Israel
“Israeli Prose in the Sixties”
Development: “A History of Modern Hebrew Literature”
“Israeli Prose in the Sixties” – rewrite; “Multiculturalism in Israel”

2004-2007 - Lecturer
Kibbutzim College of Education, Department of Literature
Pedagogy: Teaching Literature (high school teachers and elementary school teachers).
Seminar: Literature and Values.

2004-2005 - Adjunct Lecturer
Haifa University, Department of Hebrew and Comparative Literature
“Contemporary Hebrew literature”

2002-2004 - Postdoctoral research fellow, with The Rothschild Fellowship 2002-2003
University of California at Berkeley, Department of Comparative Literature

2002
Tel Aviv University, The Rosenberg School for Jewish Studies
PhD, Hebrew Literature
Research title: “Representation of Moral Problems in Literature, Selected 20th Century Hebrew Prose: Theory and Application”.
Supervisors: Professor Reuven Tsur, Professor Asa Kasher.
1996
Tel Aviv University, Department of Hebrew Literature
M.A, Hebrew Literature, Cum Laude
Thesis title: "Postmodernist Literature as Literature of Extreme Situations: as studied through the works of Orly Castel-Bloom and Etgar Kerrett”.
Supervisor: Professor Reuven Tsur.
1994
Haifa University, Department of Hebrew and Comparative Literature
B.A, Comparative Literature, Cum Laude

2016 -Member of the committee for Sapir Prize annual literary award, Mifal HaPayis

2014 - Member of the committee for academic development, The Open University of Israel

2012 - Member of the committee for Bialik Prize, annual literary award, Tel Aviv municipality

Since 2011 - Member of the steering committee for the MA program in Cultural Studies, The Open University of Israel

Since 2011 - A member of the study program approval committee, The Open University of Israel

Since 2011 - Editor of the Hebrew Literature Section for the new edition of the Hebrew Encyclopedia

2010 - Member of the Young Scholars Forum of the Israeli Academy of Science and Humanities

June 2010 - Member of the organizing committee: The 24 Israel Inter-University Conference for Hebrew Literature Research, "Literary and Artistic Representation" The Open University, Israel

June 2009 - Member of the organizing committee conference on: Cultures in Israel: Contacts and Conflicts, The Open University, Israel

June 2009 - Member of the organizing committee conference on: Identities in Transition, Conference in Honor of Prof. Nurith Gertz, The Open University, Israel

2006 - Committee member for undergraduate program plan in Culture studies, Sapir Academic College

Academic consultant for The Open University textbooks:

2012 - Secularization in Jewish Culture

2011 - Popular culture (for the M.A. program in Cultural studies)

2009 - Selected Hebrew Short Stories: Early Twentieth Century (Revised version)

2009 - Jews, Hebrews, Israelis: Cultural Aspects of Jewish Identity (for the M.A. program in Cultural studies)

Academic Service:

 Referee for Shofar

 Referee for Criticism

 Referee for PhD Thesis, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

 Referee for PhD Thesis, The University of Melbourne

 Referee for Journal of Jewish Identities

 Referee for Philosophia

 Referee for The Comparatist

 Referee for Religion and the Arts

 Referee for Haifa University Press

 Referee for Orbis Litterarum

 Referee for Jewish Studies Forum, Auckland

 Referee for Iyyunim Betkumat Israel

 Referee for AJJS (Australian Journal of Jewish Studies)

 Referee for Dapim - Research in Literature (Haifa University)

 Referee for Hebrew Literature: University of Wisconsin press

Supervised post-doc

2014-2015 -Dr. Tamar Marin, Post-Doc fellowship The Open University of Israel, Department of Literature, Language and Arts

2009-2010 - Dr. Shimrit Peled, with Vatat fellowship The Open University of Israel, Department of Literature, Language and Arts

MA Supervision

Israel Livney 2014 - The Open University of Israel, the MA program in Cultural Studies

Tamar Fried-Galon 2013-2016 - The Open University of Israel, the MA program in Cultural Studies

Noa Benglass-Yavin 2013-2018 - The Open University of Israel, the MA program in Cultural Studies

NAPH - National Association of Professors of Hebrew

AIS - Association for Israel Studies

AJS - Association for Jewish Studies

ISF – Israeli Israel Science Foundation 2015 - 2018 - Yoram Kaniuk: Life and Work

2007 - Teaching Award, Technion – Israel institute of Technology

2002-2003 - Post-Doc Fellowship. The Rothschild Foundation

2003 - Dorot Grant, National Association of Professors of Hebrew (NAPH)

2000 - Award.  Dov Sadan Fund for Research in Hebrew and Yiddish Literature and Language    

1999 - Research Associate. Porter Institute for Poetics and Semiotics Tel Aviv University 

1999 - Dorot Grant, National Association of Professors of Hebrew (NAPH)

1998 - 2002 - Living Allowance. Moshe Yerablom Fund, Department of Hebrew Literature,  Tel Aviv University

1996 - MA Distinction Grant. Department of Hebrew Literature, Tel Aviv University

1993 - Rector’s Award and Grant. Department of Hebrew and Comparative Literature,  Haifa University

2010, 2011, 2013, 2014 - Research Grant, The Open University Research Authority

2008 - Travel Grant, The Open University Research Authority

2008 - Grant in Support of a Book Publication, The Open University Research Authority

2007 - Travel Grant, The Open University Research Authority

The Face of the Palestinian Child in Israeli Literature from 1948 War to the Intifadas Era
AJS 49th Annual Conference, Washington D.C., December 2017

 Female Navigation in the Domestic Sphere - Asfu Beru’s Fiction between Ethiopia and Israel 
EAIS 6th Annual Conference, The University of Wroclaw, Poland September 2017

 On Analogy, Empathy, and the Risk of False Pretention. Case Study: Israeli Literary Representations of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
21st-Century Theories of Literature: Ethics, Tropes, Attunement. University of Warwick, April 2017.

 Dina Zvi Riklis, Ronit Matalon and the Female Autobiography.
Women in Israeli Cinema, The University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, 5-7 March 2017.

 Teaching the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict through Women's Literature. Talk in AJS Seminar on Teaching the Arab Israeli Conflict in Culture.
AJS 48th Annual Conference, San Diego, December 2016

 The Deterritorialization of the Zionist Time and Space in Kaniuk's Works
The NAPH conference, Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, June 2016

 Diaspora and Homeland – Israel and Africa in the Israeli literature of Beta Israel
Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations and the Center for Jewish Studies, and the department of comparative literature, Harvard University, April 2016

 The Lost Home in the Writing of Authors from Former Soviet Union in Israel
AJS 47th Annual Conference, Boston, December 2015

Kerrets's "Living-Dead" and the Sacrifice of Israeli Masculinity
Keret's Happy Campers-Etgar Keret and the Fate of Israeli Culture in the World Today, Chicago University, October, 2015

 Traces of the Past – The Sounds of War and Bach's Fugue
Conference on Kaniuk's work,  the Open university, May 2015

 The Nomadic World of Alex Epstein
The AIS conference, Montreal, Canada, June 2015

 The Fallacy of Analogy, the Fallacy of Empathy
Ethics and Literature – First International Conference. University of Porto, Portugal, May 2015

 The Face of the Dead Other - A Levinasian Reading of Contemporary Israeli Novels
by A.B. Yehoshua and Shifra Horn
The NAPH conference, Be'er Sheva, Israel, June 2014

 Shimon Adaf and the Peripheral Novel
The AIS conference, Sde Boker, Israel, June 2014

Space, Territory, and Borders: Liminality in Contemporary Israeli Literature
Conference "Between Places and Spaces", Trinity College, Dublin, June 2014

 Diaspora and Homeland—Israel and Africa in the Hebrew-Israeli Literature of Beta Israel
The AJS conference, Boston, December 2013

 The No-home of Matalon and Berdugo.
Conference on "Home" Haifa University, May 2013.

 The road to "Yerussalem" – Astrai and the Israeli literature of Beta Israel
The AIS conference, Haifa University, June 2012

 Borders, territory and Sovereignty in Ronit Matalon's Sara Sara and Michal Govrin's Havzekim
Haifa University, Department of Hebrew and Comparative Literature, Faculty seminar, February 2011.

 The Bereaved father and his Dead son in the Works of A.B Yehoshua
The NAPH conference, New-York July 2010.

 Violence, Morality and Tragedy – The Israeli Soldier in the Hebrew Literature of the Intifada
9st Global Conference: Violence, Saltsburg, Austria, March 2010.

 Narratives of immigration in 20th century Hebrew Literature [Hebrew]
Cultures in Israel, The Open University of Israel, December 2009.

 Said Kashua as a Hebrew Writer (with Liat Steir-Livny) [Hebrew]
The NAPH conference, London, UK, July 2009.

 Darwish and Kashua on Identity
The 25th AIS conference, Be'er Sheva, June 2009.

 Ha'akeda in Yehoshua's work
The  Israel Inter-University Conference for Hebrew Literature Research, Bar Ilan University, Israel, June 2009. [Hebrew]

 The Identity Card of Darwish and Kashua
ACLA  (American Comparative Literature Association) conference, Seminar on: The Territories of the Citizen: Literature and Political Belonging, Harvard University, MA, March 2009.

Literature as a Moral Laboratory
Literature and Philosophy/Philosophy and Literature, Sussex UK, June 2008.

 Aliya versus Immigration in Amos Oz’s A Tale of Love and Darkness: A Reflection of Immigration Narratives in Contemporary Israeli Literature
The 24th AIS conference, NYU, New York, May 2008.

 Being an Immigrant in One’s Homeland - Amos Oz’s A Tale of Love and Darkness [Hebrew]
1948-2008: Sixty Years of Hebrew Literature, Haifa University, Israel, March 2008.

 Being an Immigrant in One’s Homeland- The reflection of narratives of immigration in contemporary Israeli literature
1st Global Conference: Multiculturalism, Conflict and Belonging, Oxford UK, September 2007.

 A Terrible Power of a Minor Guilt – From Theory to Realization [Hebrew]
Conference: “70 Faces of A”B Yehoshua”, Tel-Aviv University, March 2007 (accepted)

 Literature: Ethics and Morality  (series) [Hebrew]
Academic supervision (with Asa Kasher) and speaker, Jerusalem center of ethics, Mishkenot Sh’ananim, 2007.

 Yehoshua’s Moral Context [Hebrew]
The 21st Israel Inter-University Conference for Hebrew Literature Research, Tel-Aviv University, Israel, May 2006

 New Vocabulary of Attention: Representation of Moral Problems in Literature – An Aesthetics Perspective
“The Ethics of Fiction in Contemporary Narrative in English”, University of Zaragoza, Jaca, Spain, March 2005.

“A Land that Devours its Inhabitants”: Pagis’ “Practice in Everyday Hebrew” and Grossman’s “The Sticker Song” [Hebrew].
The NAPH conference, Stanford, California, June 2005

 Kerret’s Black Humor [Hebrew].
The 20th Israel Inter-University Conference for Hebrew Literature Research, Ben-Gurion University, Israel, April 2005

 Intifada Stories [Hebrew].
The NAPH conference, Austin, Texas, May 2004.

ow Are Young Boys Turned into Killers?   Revealing the Dynamics of War Crimes in Hebrew Literature – The Case of 1949 Yizhar’s “Hirbet Hiz‘a”. [English]
The 15th Annual Conference, “Literature, film and war”, Binghamton University (SUNY), March 2004.

 Ella Bat-Tsion: From the Woman She Loved to the Love of God [Hebrew]
AJS 35th Annual Conference of the Association for Jewish Studies, Boston, Massachusetts, December 2003.

The Question of Polygamy in Yehoshua’s A Journey to the End of the Millennium (1997) – Two Moral Views – Two Jewish Cultures
Guest Speaker at the Colloquium for Jewish studies, University of California, Davis, June 2003

 On Passion and Regulation: A.B. Yehoshua’s, A Journey to the End of the Millennium (1997). [Hebrew]
The NAPH conference, Tampa, Florida, May 2003

 Panel Moderator, The Holocaust and Its Legacies
Narrative, an international conference, University of California, Berkeley, March 2003

 Kerrett’s ‘The Ants’ Family Sad Story’ [Hebrew]
Junior Scholars Colloquium On Interpretation: Modern Hebrew Literature, Brandeis University, Boston, October 2002

 Living Right and Living Well, Kaniuk’s The Last Jew (1981) and Grossman’s See Under ‘Love’ (1986). [Hebrew]
The NAPH conference, Be’er Sheva, Israel, July 2002

 ’Please Forward the Story’: Folk Narratives from the Marketplace to the Virtual World (with
Limor Weissman) [Hebrew]
The 21st Israel Inter-University Conference for Jewish Folklore Research, Tel-Aviv University, Israel, April 2002

 Moshe Shamir’s With his Own Hands and Aristotle’s Ethics [Hebrew]
The NAPH conference, Mexico City, Mexico, June 1999

 Dissonances’ Contribution to Moral Problem’s Representation in Kaniuk’s Himmo King of
Jerusalem [Hebrew]
The 14th Israel Inter-University Conference for Hebrew Literature Research, Haifa University, Israel, March 1999

 Castel-Bloom’s Dolly City and the Critics – Interpretations and Criticism in Research of
Contemporary Hebrew Literature [Hebrew]
The 13th Israel Inter-University Conference for Hebrew Literature Research, Bar Ilan University, Israel, March 1998.

Borders, Territories and Ethics – Hebrew Literature in Shadow of the Intifada 

Multiculturalism in Israel - Literary Perspectives 
Purdue University Press, 2014 (360 pp.)
http://www.thepress.purdue.edu/titles/format/9781557536808

Literature as a Moral Laboratory – Reading Selected 20th Century Hebrew Prose
Bar Ilan University Press, series on “interpretation and culture”, 2009. [Hebrew] (276 pp.)
http://www.biupress.co.il/website/index.asp?id=705

Kaniuk Yoram, Soap. (Editor of the unpublished novel and the author of an epilogue chapter) Yediot Sfarim, 2018

The History of Modern Hebrew Literature (18th to 20th centuries) (co-author and a head of development team). Final edition forthcoming 2018 [Hebrew] (3 volumes, 1,000 pp).

Amos Oz and A.B Yehoshua  - Early Writings, revised version, 2010, 3 volumes  (with Nurit Gertz) [Hebrew] (vol 1, 163 pp.; vol 2, 278 pp.; vol 3, 264 pp.)https://sheilta.apps.openu.ac.il/pls/dlamdal/lamda.perutp_katalog=102462017

  “An Autobiography of Her Own—Matalon’s The Sound of Our Steps,” (With Tammy Frade Galon). forthcoming The Comparatist 43, October 2019.

Keret's "Living-Dead" and the Sacrifice of Israeli Masculinity. BGU Review - A Journal of Israeli Culture January 2018. http://in.bgu.ac.il/en/heksherim/BGU%20Review%202018/Adia-Mendelson-Maoz-BGUR.pdf

"The Face of the Dead Other – A Levinasian Reading of Contemporary Israeli Novels by A.B. Yehoshua and Shifra Horn." JNT: Journal of Narrative Theory 46.3, 2016.
https://muse.jhu.edu/article/658306

"Femininity and Authenticity in Ethiopia and Israel – Asfu Beru's A Different Moon." Shofar  33: 4 (Summer 2015): 158-172.
https://doi.org/10.1353/sho.2015.0032

"Shimon Adaf and the Peripheral Novel". Journal of Jewish Identities 7.2
(2014): 1-13.

"Against Empathy: Levinas and Ethical Criticism in the 21st Century" (with Tammy Amiel Houser). JLT - Journal of Literary Theory 8.1 (2014): 199-218.

"The Road to "Yerussalem" – Asterai and the Hebrew Literature of Beta Israel". Social Identities: Journal for the Study of Race, Nation and Culture 20.1 (2014): 42-56.
http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/13504630.2013.864465

"Diaspora and Homeland—Israel and Africa in the Hebrew-Israeli Literature of Beta Israel." Research in African Literatures 44. 4 (2013): 35-50.
http://dx.doi.org/10.2979/reseafrilite.44.4.35

"Borders, Territory, and Sovereignty in the Works of Contemporary Israeli Women Writers", Women's Studies 63.6 (2014): 788-822.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00497878.2014.921511

"From the Margins to Prime Time: Israeli Arabs on Israeli Television: The case of Sayed Kashua's 'Arab Labor' " (With Liat Steir-Livny) The Israeli Journal of Humor Research: An International Journal 4 (December 2013): 78-http://sfile-pull.f-static.com/image/users/122789/ftp/my_files/International%201-4/6-From%20the%20Margins%20to%20Prime%20Time-Liat%20Steir-Livny%20Adia%20Mendelson-Maoz.pdf?id=1409635794. [English and revised version of No 11]

 "The Jewish Works of Sayed Kashua" (With Liat Steir-Livny) Israel Studies Review 26.1 (May 2011): 107-129.

 "Hybridity in Israeli television – the first Israeli-Arab Sitcom" (With Liat Steir-Livny), Misgarot media 6 (2011): 31-59 [Hebrew]

"The Bereaved Father and his Dead son in the Works of A.B Yehoshua", Social Jewish Studies 17.1 (Fall 2010): 116-140.

 "Ethics and Literature: Introduction" Philosophia. 35.2 (2007): 111-116

’Please Forward the Story’: Folk Narratives from the Marketplace to the Virtual World”. (With Limor Weissman). In: Sadan – Studies in Hebrew Literature 6 (2007): 343-374  [Hebrew]

Ella Bat-Tsion – From Love of Woman to Love of God”
Women in Judaism: A Multidisciplinary Journal 4.1 (2006).

 “A Refugee’s Cry – Brenner’s ‘The Way Out’
Australian Journal of Jewish Studies XVIII  (2004): 56-78.

 "Extreme Situations – Horrendous and Grotesque – In the Works of Castel-Bloom and Kerrett," Dapim - Research in Literature 11 (1998): 162-177 [Hebrew]

 "Land, Territory and Border: Liminality in Contemporary Israeli Literature." In: Borderlands and Liminal Subjects - Transgressing the Limits in Philosophy and Literature. Eds. Elbert Decker, Jessica and Dylan Winchock. Palgrave Macmillan, 2017. 41-49. http://www.springer.com/cn/book/9783319678122

"From Satire to Tragedy - The Contested Identity of Israeli Arabs in Sayed Kashua's 'Arab Labor'" (with Liat Steir-Livny). In: As seen on Israeli Television: Global contexts, Local Visions. Ed. Miri Talmon. Forthcoming.

"The Locked House of Amos Keinan and Amos Oz". In: Identity in transition in Israeli Culture, a book in Honor of Prof. Nurit Gertz. The Open University Press, 2013, 482-496. [Hebrew]

A Terrible Power of a Minor Guilt – From Theory to Realization
In: Intersecting Perspectives: Essays on A.B. Yehoshua's Oeuvre. Eds.: Nitza Ben-Dov, Amir Banbaji and Ziva Shamir. Tel-Aviv: Ha'kibbutz Ha'meuhad,  2010, 550-569. [Hebrew]

On Human Parts – Orly Castel-Bloom and the Israeli Contemporary Extreme” In: Novels of the Contemporary Extreme. Eds. Naomi Mandel and Alain-Philippe Durand. Continuum, 2006, 163-173.

Checkpoint Syndrome - Violence, Madness, and Ethics in the Hebrew Literature of the Intifada”. In: Textual Ethos Studies, A 21st Century Exploratory Reader in Text and Ethics – Ethics, Literature and the Unexpected. Amsterdam and New Jersey: Rodopi, 2005, 209-227.[Paperback Edition 2008]

First and Last things – Auster's In the Country of Last Things”,In The Meaning of Life. Asa Kasher editor, Adia Mendelson Maoz and Dana Freibach-Heifetz co-editors. Tel-Aviv: Ha'kibbutz Ha'meuhad, 2000, 269-295 [Hebrew]

Nostalgia for a Foreign Land: Studies in Russian-Language Literature in Israel
by Roman Katsman.  Shofar 35.4 (Summer 2017): 149-152.

An Ideological Death: Suicide in Israeli Literature, by Rachel S. Harris, Israel Studies Review  31 (2016): 150-152.

Ve-Hi Tehilarekha: Studies in the work of S.Y. Agnon, A.B. Yehoshua, and Amos Oz, by Nitza Ben-Dov, Hebrew Studies 51, 2010: 423-426. 

“Being an Immigrant in One’s Homeland - The reflection of narratives of immigration in contemporary Israeli literature”. In conference proceedings: 1st Global Conference: Multiculturalism, Conflict and Belonging, Multiculturalism, Conflict and Belonging. Inter-Disciplinary Press, Oxford (E-Book - ISBN: 1-904710-56-510). 

"Violence, Morality and Tragedy – The Israeli Soldier in the Hebrew Literature of the Intifada". In conference proceedings: 9st Global Conference: Violence. Inter-Disciplinary Press, Oxford, 2013  

Editor (with Yael Munk, Liat Steir-Livny and Sandra Meiri). Identity in transition in Israeli Culture, a book in Honor of Prof. Nurit Gertz. The Open University Press, 2013. [Hebrew].

Guest Editor, “Series: Ethics and Literature”, Philosophia, 2007-2008.

Co-editor: The Meaning of Life. Tel-Aviv: Ha'kibbutz Ha'meuhad, 2000 [Hebrew]

Appointed couples in the works of S.Y. Agnon, study guide [Hebrew] (100 pp.), 2015.

Literature and Ethics, study guide [Hebrew], 2014. (119 pp.)

ulticulturalism in Israel, study guide for a course in the MA program in Cultural Studies, 2008. [Hebrew] (256 pp.)

Articles

Literature as Moral Laboratory: on Literature, Ethics and Aesthetic Manipulations" Moznayim 84:4, September 2009, 16-20 [Hebrew]

’To Be or Not to Be’, The First Hebrew Translation of Hamlet’s Soliloquy
(With Asa Kasher) Alpayim 31 (2007): 224-238 [Hebrew]

A Land that Devours its Inhabitants”: Pagis’ “Practice in Everyday Hebrew” and Grossman’s “The Sticker Song” Alei Shiach 57 (2007): 95-84 [Hebrew]

Book Chapters 

 "Borders and Twilight Zones in the Hebrew Literature of the Intifada," in: Stop – No border! Borders and missing borders in Israel 2017. http://www.ybook.co.il/book/7160/%D7%A2%D7%A6%D7%95%D7%A8-%20%D7%90%D7%99%D7%9F%20%D7%92%D7%91%D7%95%D7%9C

"A Covent of Proper Use of Internet" Studies in Ethics 1, Jerusalem: The Hebrew University Magnes Press, 2009, 269-284. [Hebrew]

“Ethics and Aesthetics in Kaniuk’s Himmo King of Jerusalem”. In My Torn Body Blossoms – Essays and Literary Excerpts on Literature and Medicine, Ed: Bentov Yehosheva. Carmel, 2009, 203-210. [Hebrew]

The focus of my research is contemporary Hebrew Literature in its intersection with Israeli culture, society, politics, and ethics. In the last few years I have worked on two projects: the first focuses on the literature of minority groups in Israel and the second focuses on questions of space and ethics in contemporary Israeli literature. I am currently working on a third project of writing on Yoram Kaniuk's work.

Below is a description of the three projects.  

My book Multiculturalism in Israel - Literary Perspectives (Purdue UP, 2014) seeks to shed light on new aspects of the history of Israeli literature by applying multicultural perspectives to focus on the relations between the literary hegemony and weakened groups and analyze the position of literature within the struggles for recognition and reception of different ethnic cultural groups. In this book I explore the landscape of Israeli literature through a comparative discussion of the literatures of Palestinian citizens of Israel, of Mizrahim, of migrants from the Former Soviet Union (FSU), and of migrants from Ethiopia.
The main contribution of this book is its comparative goal drawn through discussions of questions related to the nature of cultural capital; definitions of the literary center and its margins; modes of acceptance of literary works; major literature and minor literature; the language of the texts (Hebrew or another language) and the question of translation (to/from Hebrew); the literary representation of lost (imagined) cultures and the question of authenticity; the dialectic relationships between diaspora and homeland; and the concepts of space, place, and deterritorialization.

In addition to the book, I have recently published several articles that fall within the scope of this project.

First, together with Liat Steir-Livny (a collaboration that has started some years ago), I have published three works on Sayed Kashua. In 2011 we published two articles. The first, "The Jewish Works of Sayed Kashua: Subversive or Subordinate?", published in Israel Studies Review (no.10), and "Hybridity in Israeli television - the first Israeli-Arab sitcom", published in Hebrew in Misgarot Media (no. 11).These two articles examined the works written by Kashua before 2010 (with only two seasons of Arab Labor, in 2007 and 2010). Our 2013 extended article "From the Margins to Prime Time: Israeli Arabs on Israeli Television: The case of Sayed Kashua's 'Arab Labor'", published in English in The Israeli Journal of Humor Research: An International Journal (no.7), relates to Kashua's later works and marks some changes is his perspective, mainly regarding the issue of the memory of the 1948 War /the Nakba.

Second, during my research on minor literary groups in Israel I explored many fascinating texts written by Ethiopian Israelis. I have published three articles on this topic: 
"Diaspora and Homeland—Israel and Africa in the Hebrew-Israeli Literature of Beta Israel", published in 2013 in Research in African Literatures (no.5), discusses the relationship between the concepts of diaspora and homeland in Hebrew Ethiopian-Israeli literature. "The Road to 'Yerussalem' – Asterai and the Hebrew Literature of Beta Israel", published in 2014 in Social Identities (no. 4), discusses the tension between the voices of two generations in the Hebrew Ethiopian-Israeli literature and focus on Avera’s novel Asterai (2007). Third, in "Femininity and Authenticity in Ethiopia and Israel – Asfu Beru's A Different Moon", Shofar (2015, no. 4), I discuss the work of the female Ethiopian-Israeli author Asfu Beru, whose collection of stories Yare'ah Aher (A Different Moon) was published in 2002. 

Finally, My article "Shimon Adaf and the Peripheral Novel", published in 2014 in Journal of Jewish Identities (No. 2), discusses two novels of Adaf highlighting the multifaceted relationships between Israel’s periphery – a southern development town – and the Tel Aviv metropolis and his shift toward “nomadic art.”

In the forthcoming years I intend to write a book (in Hebrew) tentatively titled – Center or Periphery – Identity Discourse in Contemporary Hebrew Literature. The book will be part of a new Open University course in the program of Hebrew and Comparative Literature.

This book,  Borders, Territories and Ethics – Contemporary Hebrew literature in face of the Intifada 1987-2007, forthcoming by Purdue University Press (2018) aims to present a new perspective on the multifaceted relations between ideology, space and ethics, as they are manifested in contemporary Hebrew literature dealing with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the Israeli Occupation. The manuscript analyses Israeli prose relating mainly to the first and second Palestinian Intifadas, written between 1980 and 2010 by major authors such as A.B Yehoshua, David Grossman, Ronit Matalon and Orly Castel-Bloom, as well as authors less familiar to the general public such as Roy Politi, Asher Kravitz, Itamar Levi and Dror Green.
Israeli literary representations of the Occupation and the two Intifadas tend to raise critical ethical questions regarding militarism, humanism, the nature of the State of Israel as a democracy, national identity and its borders, the dualism of citizens who are soldiers, the nature of Zionist education, the acknowledgment of the Other and the sovereignty of the subject. The manuscript discusses these issues in two frameworks: the first draws on theories of ethics, from the humanist tradition to its criticism, specifically by Levinas, whereas the second applies theories of space, mainly those put forward by Deleuze and Guattari and their successors.
Over the past few years I have written and published articles on this subject, among them "Borders, Territory, and Sovereignty in the Works of Contemporary Israeli Women Writers", published in 2014 in Women's Studies (no.6 in my publications list); "Hurled into the Heart of Darkness - Moral Luck and the Hebrew Literature of the Intifada", published in 2011 in Hebrew Studies (no.8); "The Bereaved Father and his Dead son in the Works of A.B Yehoshua", published in 2010 in Social Jewish Studies (no. 12); "Checkpoint Syndrome - Violence, Madness and Ethics in the Hebrew Literature of the Intifada", publishes in 2005 in Textual Ethos Studies (no.26); The article "Against Empathy: Levinas and Ethical Criticism in the 21st Century", co-authored with my colleague Tammy Amiel Houser was published in 2014 in  JLT - Journal of Literary Theory; Lastly the article "The Face of the Dead Other - A Levinasian Reading of Contemporary Israeli Novels by A.B. Yehoshua and Shifra Horn", published in 2016 in JNT: Journal of Narrative Theory (no. 3).

A few years ago I have started working on a research project on Yoram Kaniuk, his life and his works. The project has been awarded a grant from the ISF (2015).
Yoram Kaniuk (1930-2013) was a controversial figure in Hebrew literature and Israeli culture. He was a prolific author, who was ahead of his time in many aspects. He published dozens of novels and short stories, and hundreds of newspaper articles, columns and memoirs, that confronted Israeli identity, probed military traumas, reflected on the horror of the Holocaust and depicted exceptional individuals, in a blunt and direct style. Kaniuk was involved in Israeli cultural and political life. His writings resonated with ethical and political issues, and challenged the dominant discourse at major historical crossroads. His provocative style and variegated biography make him a unique writer.
After his death, along with his massive collection of publications, Kaniuk left behind, in his Tel Aviv home, a large number of documents, letters, drafts and unpublished manuscripts. Following an arrangement with his family, I have received permission to be the first to access this treasure, read and reorganize his entire personal archive.
The project aims to present a comprehensive picture of Kaniuk's entire literary endeavor, while also investigating the multifaceted relationships between literature and Israeli culture, history and politics. It will shed light on Kanuik's unpublished works, examine his writing process, put forward new interpretations of his major works in light of the archival data and present a new perspective on his life and writing. It will also focus on the impact of leading ideologies on the formulation of the literary center, and its relations with different kinds of margins, and will explore the development of different literary trajectories in this time period.

  • Borders, Territories and Ethics - Hebrew Litearture in the Shadow of the Intifada
    Purdue University Press, 2018
     Borders, Territories, and Ethics: Hebrew Literature in the Shadow of the Intifada
  • Kaniuk Yoram, Soap. (Editor of the unpublished novel and the author of an epilogue chapter)
    Yediot Sfarim, 2018
  • Geust editor, special issue on literature and ethics. Moznayim 2010. [Hebrew]

    special issue on literature and ethics