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DegreesNew York University, Ph.D.
Tel-Aviv University, M.A.
Tel-Aviv University, B.A.
ExpertiseModern Hebrew Literature
ProfileIlana Szobel is Associate Professor of Modern Hebrew Literature on the Joseph H. and Belle R. Braun Chair. She received her doctorate in January 2008 from New York University (Her dissertation won the 2007 Ben Halpern Award for Best Dissertation from the Association for Israel Studies).
Her book, A Poetics of Trauma: The Work of Dahlia Ravikovitch (University Press of New England, 2013) is the first full-length study of the renowned Israeli poet, translator, peace activist, and 1998 Israel Prize laureate Dahlia Ravikovitch (1936-2005).
Ilana Szobel has authored various articles treating Hebrew literature, gender and trauma studies, psychoanalysis, disability studies, and Israeli film. She is currently working on a second book project, Flesh of My Flesh: Sexual Violence in Hebrew Literature and Israeli Culture. This study explores the literary history of sexual assault in Hebrew literature.
By introducing students to works of art, film, dance, and music, she aims to expose students to the critical study of Hebrew and Israeli culture. Her courses include “Introduction to Israeli Literature, Film, and Culture,” “The Holocaust in Jewish Literature,” “Minorities and Others in Israeli Literature and Culture,” “Trauma and Violence in Israeli Literature and Film,” Israeli Women Writers on War and Peace,” and “Love, Sex, and Power in Israeli Culture.”
|FA/NEJS||183a||Breaking Boundaries in Contemporary Israeli Art|
|NEJS||173a||Trauma and Violence in Israeli Literature and Film|
|NEJS||174a||Minorities and Others in Israeli Literature and Culture|
|NEJS||174b||Israeli Women Writers on War and Peace|
|NEJS||177a||The Holocaust in Israeli and Jewish Literature|
|NEJS||178a||Love, Sex, and Power in Israeli Culture|
|NEJS||178b||Masculinity and Femininity in Israeli Film, Literature, and Culture|
|NEJS||180b||Israeli Literature and Film in Translation|
Awards and Honors
Provost Research Award, Brandeis University (2015)
The Social Sciences and Research Council of Canada, Travel Grant (2015)
Creativity, Art, and Social Transformation (CAST) Grant (2014)
The Theodore and Jane Norman Award for Faculty Scholarship (2014)
The Bronfman Philanthropies Grant, The Brandeis-Israel Collaborative Research Initiative. (2012)
AIS Ben Halpern Award for Best Dissertation in Israel Studies for 2007 (2008)
Szobel, Ilana. "’Lights in the Darkness:’ Prostitution, Power, and Vulnerability in Early Twentieth-Century Hebrew Literature." Prooftexts 34. 2 (2016): 170-206.
Szobel, Ilana. "Such Wonder: A Conversation with the Israeli Poet Tsvia Litevsky." Iton 77 January-February 2014: 22-24.
Szobel, Ilana. A Poetics of Trauma: The Work of Dahlia Ravikovitch. Waltham: Brandeis University Press, 2013.
Szobel, Ilana. "‘Unveiling Injustice:’ Dalia Ravikovitch’s Poetry of Witness." Narratives of Dissent:: Representations of War In Israeli Culture. Ed. Rachel S. Harris and Ranen Omer-Sherman, Eds.. Wayne State UP, 2012. 167-186.
Szobel, Ilana. ""Hovering at a Low Altitude:" Testimony and Complicity in the Political Writing of Dahlia Ravikovitch." Sparks of Light: Essays about Dahlia Ravikovitch’s Oeuvre. Ed. Hamutal Tsamir and Tamar S. Hess. Tel Aviv: Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 2010. 444 - 469.
Szobel, Ilana. "Forever Beholden: The State of Orphanhood in the Work of Dahlia Ravikovitch." Nashim: A Journal of Jewish Women's Studies & Gender 19. (2010): 228 - 247.
Szobel, Ilana. "God of Fury and His Victims: the Binding of Isaac (Akedah) in Hebrew Women's Poetry, 1930-1970." Jerusalem Studies in Hebrew Literature 22. (2008): 65-92.
Szobel, Ilana. "'She Tried to Escape and Lost her Senses:' Alienation and Madness in the Stories of Dahlia Ravikovitch." Theory and Criticism 28. (2006): 127-155.