Lital Levy, Princeton University

Associate Professor Princeton, New Jersey lital@princeton.edu Office: (609) 258-4089

Bio/Research

My research in comparative literature encompasses Hebrew, Arabic, and Anglophone literatures and cultures both separately and in conjunction. I specialize in zones of contact between Arabic and Hebrew, and my work often finds itself at the nexus of literature and history, or of cultural studies a...

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Bio/Research

My research in comparative literature encompasses Hebrew, Arabic, and Anglophone literatures and cultures both separately and in conjunction. I specialize in zones of contact between Arabic and Hebrew, and my work often finds itself at the nexus of literature and history, or of cultural studies and religion. My interests include contemporary Hebrew and Arabic writing and cinema from Israel/Palestine; Jewish literary multilingualism; world literature and the problem of comparison; world literature in relation to Jewish literature; comparative Middle Eastern literatures; the intellectual and literary history of Arab Jews in the late nineteenth-century Arab East (Iraq, Greater Syria, and Egypt), particularly their participation in the modern Arabic and Hebrew renaissance movements; the revision of modern Hebrew literary history (haskala to present); the revision of modern Sephardi/Mizrahi/ Arab Jewish intellectual history (fostering collaborative work on North Africa, the Levant, and the Ottoman heartland); Anglophone Middle Eastern and South Asian fiction; and the broader comparative history of modern non-Western "renaissance" and "enlightenment" movements. Throughout these myriad pursuits, I am particularly fascinated by questions of linguistic representation, literary multilingualism, and the politics of transnational and (cross)cultural circulation.

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