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The English Department
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Tel : +97225883581
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Mount Scopus
Jerusalem, 91905

Faculty

Reut Barzilai

Reut Barzilai

reut.barzilai@mail.huji.ac.il

Reut Barzilai teaches language skills in the English Department at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She is also a teaching fellow at the University of Haifa, where she teaches a course on Shakespeare and feminism. She holds a Ph.D from the Hebrew University (2016), and her dissertation, which she is now turning into a book, explores the complex interactions between early modern English antitheatricalism and Shakespeare’s representations of theater. She is currently writing study guides on William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Hamlet for the Open University, and an article on the history of Hamlet on the Israeli stage.

Galia Benziman

Galia Benziman

galia.benziman@mail.huji.ac.il

Galia Benziman is an Alon Fellow (2011-2014) and Senior Lecturer in English at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Her research focuses on British literature of the long nineteenth century; in particular, on Dickens, Hardy, the history of childhood, and the Elegy. She has published two books: Narratives of Child Neglect in Romantic and Victorian Culture (2012, Palgrave Macmillan) and Thomas Hardy's Elegiac Prose and Poetry: Codes of Bereavement (2018, Palgrave Macmillan). Her essays appeared in Dickens Studies AnnualStudies in the Novel, SEL: Studies in English Literature 1500-1900, Partial Answers: Journal of Literature and the History of IdeasThe Oxford Handbook of Charles Dickens (forthcoming), and other platforms.

Louise Bethlehem

Louise Bethlehem

02-588-3983

Louise Bethlehem is Associate Professor in the English Department and the former Chair of the Program in Cultural Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Her book, Skin Tight: Apartheid Literary Culture and its Aftermath (Unisa Press, Brill 2006), was published in Hebrew translation by Resling in 2011.
She has co-edited six volumes in the field of South African literature, African Studies and Cultural Studies, including South Africa in the Global Imaginary, co-edited with Leon de Kock and Sonja Laden (Unisa, 2004); Violence & Non-Violence in Africa, co-edited with Pal Ahluwalia and Ruth Ginio (Routledge, 2007); and Rethinking Labour in Africa, Past and Present co-edited with Lynn Schler and Galia Sabar (Routledge, 2010). In December 2013, she was awarded a prestigious European Research Council Consolidators Grant for a five-year project entitled “Apartheid—The Global Itinerary: South African Cultural Formations in Transnational Circulation 1948-1990.” In recognition of the importance of her research, she was appointed to Academia-Net: an Expert Database of Outstanding Female Scholars and Scientists, with the participation of 47 European science and research organisations. 

Ruben Borg

Ruben Borg

02-588-3979

Ruben Borg (Chair) is an Alon Fellow (2008-2011) and a Senior Lecturer in English at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His articles on modernism have appeared in Journal of Modern LiteratureModern Fiction StudiesPoetics TodayJoyce Studies AnnualPartial Answers, Humanities and Narrative. He has also contributed chapters to collaborative volumes on Deleuze and Literature, on Deleuze and Beckett, and on Posthumanism. Ruben is the author of The Measureless Time of Joyce, Deleuze and Derrida (2007), and of Fantasies of Self-Mourning: Modernism, the Posthuman and the Finite (forthcoming, 2018). He has co-edited two books on Flann O'Brien: Flann O'Brien: Problems with Authority and Flann O’Brien: Contesting Legacies (listed in The Irish Times top 10 non-fiction books of 2014). His research interests include Irish Modernism (especially James Joyce), twentieth-century philosophy (especially the work of Gilles Deleuze), and the influence of Dante on modernist writers.

Chaya Fischer

Chaya Fischer

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Chaya Fischer teaches language and writing skills in the English Department at the Hebrew University. Her work includes developing innovative curricula for academic reading and writing courses based on her background in Cognitive Science. She is an Associate Editor ofPartial Answers: Journal of Literature and the History of Ideas.

Yael Levin

Yael Levin

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Yael Levin (MA Advisor) is a Senior Lecturer in English at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Her book,Tracing the Aesthetic Principle in Conrad´s Novels was published in 2008 by Palgrave Macmillan. She is author of Tracing the Aesthetic Principle in Conrad's Novels and articles on modernism, postmodernism, narratology and subjectivity in Partial Answers, Conradiana, The Conradian, Twentieth Century Literature, Journal of Modern Literature, Journal of Beckett Studies and a number of edited collections. She is currently working on a second monograph titled Joseph Conrad 2.0: Slow Modernisms.

Naomi Mandel

Naomi Mandel

Naomi Mandel’s research focuses on contemporary literature and critical theory, with particular interests in the aesthetics and ethics of violence. She was Professor of English and Film/Media at the University of Rhode Island before joining the faculty at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 2018. She is the author of Against the Unspeakable: Complicity, the Holocaust, and Slavery in America (University of Virginia Press, 2006) and Disappear Here: Violence after Generation X (Ohio State UP, 2015), and has published three volumes of edited essays, including Bret Easton Ellis (Continuum, 2010) and Novels of the Contemporary Extreme (co-edited with Alain-Philippe Durand; Continuum, 2006). Her work on Slavery, the Holocaust, and the terror attacks of September 11, 2001 has appeared in Modern Fiction StudiesNovel: A Forum on FictionDialectical Anthropology, and boundary 2. Current research focuses on the visual and literary culture of the digital revolution and the Information Age.

Miriam Poupko

Miriam Poupko

miriam.poupko@mail.huji.ac.il

Miriam Poupko teaches language and writing skills in the English Department at the Hebrew University. She also teaches and develops curricula for English for Academic Purposes (EAP) courses in the Israeli tertiary education system.

Leona Toker

Leona Toker

02-5883583

Leona Toker is Professor of English Literature at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She is the author of Nabokov: The Mystery of Literary Structures (1989), Eloquent Reticence: Withholding Information in Fictional Narrative (1993), Return from the Archipelago: Narratives of Gulag Survivors (2000), Towards the Ethics of Form in Fiction: Narratives of Cultural Remission (2010), and articles on English, American, and Russian writers. She is Editor of Partial Answers: Journal of Literature and the History of Ideas, a semiannual refereed academic periodical sponsored by the School of Literatures of the Faculty of Humanities, The Hebrew University. Her forthcoming book discusses the ways in which Gulag literature and narratives of the survivors of Nazi camps provide contexts for each other.

Eynel Wardi

Eynel Wardi

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Eynel Wardi is a Senior Lecturer in the English Department at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She is the author of Once Below a Time: Dylan Thomas, Julia Kristeva, and Other Speaking Subjects (2000), and of several articles on Gerard Manley Hopkins. Her current research interests include “the experience of space in literature” and  the theme of “poetic fascination.”

Jon Whitman

Jon Whitman

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Jon Whitman is an Associate Professor in the Department of English at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where for many years he also directed the Center for Literary Studies. His research explores the interaction of intellectual and imaginative changes from antiquity to the modern period. He is the author of Allegory: The Dynamics of an Ancient and Medieval Technique (co-published by Oxford University Press and Harvard University Press in 1987) and the editor of two collective studies: Interpretation and Allegory: Antiquity to the Modern Period (published by Brill in 2000) and Romance and History: Imagining Time from the Medieval to the Early Modern Period (published by Cambridge University Press in 2015). With the support of a grant from the Israel Science Foundation he is currently conducting a multiyear research project entitled “The Literal Sense: Scriptural Interpretation, Poetics, and Historical Change.”

Shira Wolosky

Shira Wolosky

02-5883844

Shira Wolosky received her B.A. from Brown University (summa, Phi Beta Kappa) and her Ph.D. with distinction from Princeton University in Comparative Literature in 1981.She was an Associate Professor of English at Yale University before moving to the Hebrew University in 1985, where she is Professor of English and American Studies. Her books include Emily Dickinson: A Voice of War (Yale UP, 1984); Language Mysticism: The Negative Way of Language (Stanford UP, 1994); The Art of Poetry (Oxford UP, 2002); “Nineteenth Century American Poetry,” the Cambridge History of American Literature IV (2004); Defending Identity with Natan Sharansky, (Public Affairs, 2008); The Riddles of Harry Potter (Palgrave MacMillan, 2010), Poetry and Public Discourse in Nineteenth-Century America, (Palgrave MacMillan, 2010); Feminist Theory Across Disciplines (Routledge, 2013), as well as other writings on literature, religion, and contemporary theory.
Her awards and research appointments include a Fulbright Fellowship, a Whiting Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Tikvah Fellowship at NYU Law School, and a Drue Heinz Visiting Professorship at Oxford. She was also a Fellow at the Princeton Institute for Advanced Studies,
 at the Katz Center at the University of Pennsylvania, and at the Hadassah Brandeis Institute. She is currently working on a book on Jewish Thought and Postmodern Theory, with special focus on Emmanuel Levinas.

Tzachi Zamir

Tzachi Zamir

02-5883681

 

Tzachi Zamir is a philosopher and a literary critic (Assoc. Prof. English & Comp. Lit) and currently directs the Amirim Honors Program at the Hebrew University. He is the author of Double Vision: Moral Philosophy and Shakespearean Drama (Princeton, 2006), Ethics and the Beast (Princeton, 2007), Acts: Theater, Philosophy and the Performing Self (The University of Michigan Press 2015), and Ascent: Philosophy and Paradise Lost (Oxford, 2017). He is also the editor of Shakespeare's Hamlet: Philosophical Perspectives (Oxford, 2017).