Faculty

Galia Benziman

Galia Benziman

galia.benziman@mail.huji.ac.il

Galia Benziman (Chair) is an Alon Fellow (2011-2014) and Associate Professor 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.

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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, and other platforms.

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Karin Berkman

Karin Berkman

Karin Berkman completed her doctorate on the poetry of Seamus Heaney in the English Department at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. As a post-doctoral researcher in the ERC project “Apartheid—The Global Itinerary: South African Cultural Formations in Transnational Circulation, 1948-1990,” led by Prof. Louise Bethlehem, she studied the notion of exile in South African poetry.

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Her research on South African and African poetry has been published in Critical ArtsScrutiny and English in Africa. Her research interests include Irish literature, twentieth-century British and American poetry, South African poetry during apartheid and post-apartheid, post-colonialism and literary theory.

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Louise Bethlehem

Louise Bethlehem

02-588-3983
louise.bethlehem@mail.huji.ac.il

Louise Bethlehem is Golda Meir Fellow (2002-2003) and Associate Professor in the English Department and incoming 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.

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She has co-edited nine volumes in the field of South African literature, African Studies and Cultural Studies, including the prizewinning volume South Africa in the Global Imaginary, co-edited with Leon de Kock and Sonja Laden (Unisa, 2004). Between 2014 and 2019, she was Principal Investigator of the research project Apartheid—The Global Itinerary: South African Cultural Formations in Transnational Circulation, 1948-1990 funded by a prestigious grant from the European Research Council (ERC). 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 organizations. Bethlehem has held research fellowships from the Harry S. Truman Institute for the Advancement of Peace at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and has served on the Academic Committee of the Institute. She has supervised over 30 graduate students, many of whom have gone on to secure academic appointments in their own right. 

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Ruben B

Ruben Borg

02-588-3979
ruben.borg@mail.huji.ac.il

Ruben Borg (MA Advisor) is an Alon Fellow (2008-2011) and Associate Professor in English at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His work has appeared in Journal of Modern LiteratureModernism / modernityModern Fiction Studies, Poetics Today, and in numerous other journals devoted to twentieth-century literature and film. He has also contributed chapters to collaborative volumes on Deleuze, Beckett, and 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 (2019).

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He has co-edited three books on Flann O'Brien: Flann O’Brien: Contesting Legacies (listed in The Irish Times top 10 non-fiction books of 2014), Flann O'Brien: Problems with Authority (2017) and the award winning Flann O'Brien: Gallows Humour (2020: awarded the IFOBS prize for best book-length publication on Brian O'Nolan in 2021). His research interests include Irish Modernism, twentieth-century philosophy (especially the work of Gilles Deleuze), and the influence of Dante on modernist writers, while his current project is a book on James Joyce and emotions.

 

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Sanford Budick

Sanford Budick

Sanford Budick  received his A.B. from Harvard College in 1963 and his Ph.D. from Yale University in 1966. Before being appointed Professor of English at The Hebrew University he was Professor of English at Cornell University. At The Hebrew University he served twice as chair of the English department, was a Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies, and was founding-director (1980-2000) of the Center for Literary Studies. He is the recipient of Guggenheim and NEH Fellowships. He has written books on Dryden, on eighteenth-century poetry, on Milton, on Kant’s relation to Milton, and on the Western theory of tradition.

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He has edited collections of essays with Geoffrey Hartman and Wolfgang Iser. With Wolfgang Iser he directed a three-year research project of the The German-Israeli Foundation for Scientific Research and Development on “The Institutions of Interpretation.” He is currently writing about Shakespeare’s plays, Wordsworth’s poetry, and Milton’s influence on Wordsworth.

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Zachary Garber

Zachary Garber

Zachary Garber teaches Romantic literature and academic writing at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is also a DPhil candidate and Clarendon Scholar in the English Faculty at the University of Oxford, where he researches eighteenth- and nineteenth-century chronicle adaptations and the genre’s relevance to contemporary politics. His dissertation ties in with his broader interest in the relationship of historiography to fiction, particularly the narrative techniques used by historical novelists to present their texts as historical artifacts and the relationship invoked between author, narrator, and reader to cope with competing visions of the violent past. His latest article appears in English: Journal of the English Association (2022).
Yara Ibrahim

Yara Ibrahim

Yara Ibrahim teaches language and writing skills in the English Department at the Hebrew University. Her master's thesis focused on surveillance and memory in dystopian fiction.
Rivka Ilani

Rivka Ilani

Rivka Ilani teaches language and writing skills in the English Department at the Hebrew University.
Micha Lazarus

Micha Lazarus

Micha Lazarus is Senior Lecturer in English at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He works on the intellectual history and literary culture of Renaissance and Reformation Europe, and in particular on the reception of the classics in sixteenth-century England. He is General Editor of Sources in Early Poetics (Brill), and co-convenor of Poetics before Modernity, an international project on the history of literary criticism. Before coming to the Hebrew University, Micha spent several years as a research fellow at Trinity College, Cambridge, and the Warburg Institute. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society (UK) and a member of the Bar of England and Wales.

Yael Levin

Yael Levin

02-5883974
yael.levin@mail.huji.ac.il

Yael Levin is Associate Professor in English at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Second Vice President of the Joseph Conrad Society of America. She is author of Tracing the Aesthetic Principle in Conrad´s Novels and Joseph Conrad: Slow Modernism.

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Her work  on modernism, postmodernism, narratology, the subject and disability has appeared in The Conradian, ConradianaPartial AnswersTwentieth-Century Literature, Journal of Modern Literature and Journal of Beckett Studies and in a number of edited collections.

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Shachar Livne

Shachar Livne

Shachar Livne is an adjunct lecturer in the English Department and a Lady Davis Postdoctoral Fellow at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She completed her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature at the Hebrew University.

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Her Dissertation explored Dante Alighieri's reception among his poetic successors in the 14th century. During her doctoral studies, she was awarded several scholarships, among them the President's and Azrieli Fellowships. She also spent time as a visiting scholar at the University of Pennsylvania's English Department, as well as at the Università degli Studi di Padova, Italy. Her research interests include Middle English literature, Medieval poetics, English Petrarchism, and the reception of the Classical and Italian heritage and poetics in the British Isles during the late medieval and early modern periods.

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Naomi Mandel

Naomi Mandel

naomi.mandel1@mail.huji.ac.il

Naomi Mandel (BA advisor) was Professor of English and Film/Media at the University of Rhode Island before joining the faculty at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where she is Associate Professor of English and holds the Ann and Joseph Edelman Chair of American Studies. Her research focuses on contemporary literature and critical theory, with particular interests in the aesthetics and ethics of violence.

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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 American 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. Mandel’s current research focuses on the visual and literary culture of the digital revolution and the Information Age.

 

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Leona Toker

Leona Toker

02-5883583
toker@mail.huji.ac.il

Leona Toker is Professor Emerita 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), Gulag Literature and the Literature of Nazi Camps: An Intercontextual Reading (2019), and articles on English, American, and Russian writers.

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She is Editor of Partial Answers: Journal of Literature and the History of Ideas, a semiannual refereed academic periodical sponsored by the Institute for Literatures of the Faculty of Humanities, The Hebrew University. Her current research deals with narratological issues and with Vladimir Nabokov’s midlife works.

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Ruben W

Ruben Weiss

Ruben Weiss is a doctoral student in the English Department at the Hebrew University who teaches the tutorial to the introductory course to literary theory. He is a fellow at the Mandel Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities and an Associate Editor of Partial Answers: Journal of Literature and the History of Ideas. His dissertation focuses on how child characters and representations of childhood are used by four nineteenth- and twentieth-century authors—Charles Dickens, Lewis Carroll, Rudyard Kipling, and Virginia Woolf—to make sense of British history.
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Shira Wolosky

02-5883844
wolosky@mscc.huji.ac.il

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.

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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.

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Tzachi

Tzachi Zamir

02-5883681
tzachi.zamir@mail.huji.ac.il

Tzachi Zamir is a philosopher and a literary critic (Prof. English & Comp. Lit). 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), Ascent: Philosophy and Paradise Lost (Oxford, 2017) and Just Literature: Philosophical Criticism and Justice (Routledge, 2019). He is also the editor of Shakespeare's Hamlet: Philosophical Perspectives (Oxford, 2017).