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Temporalities of Israel/Palestine: History, Culture, and the Politics of Time

A workshop for faculty and graduate students with

Lital Levy, Princeton University

Friday, October 20, 2017
12 noon
Global & International Studies Building, Room 4067

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This talk addresses the growing interest in temporality evident within the interdisciplinary scholarship on Israel/Palestine, considering perspectives from literary and cultural studies as well as sociology and political theory. I calibrate this trend with the shift from two-state to one-state thinking, and illustrate my argument by way of a comparative reading of two stories from the 1960s by the renowned Israeli and Palestinian authors Amos Oz and Ghassan Kanafani.

Lital Levy is Associate Professor of Comparative Literature at Princeton University, where she teaches Hebrew and Arabic literatures, Jewish studies, and literary theory. Previously, she was a Junior Fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows. She specializes in contact zones of modern Hebrew and Arabic. Her research encompasses literature and film from Israel/Palestine, the 19th and 20th century intellectual history of Arab Jews, the interface of Jewish literature and world literature, and the comparative study of non-Western literary modernities. Her award-winning 2014 book Poetic Trespass: Writing between Hebrew and Arabic in Israel/Palestine examines the cultural politics of language in the literature and culture of Israel/Palestine. She is currently working on two book projects: an intellectual history of Arab Jews in the modern Hebrew and Arabic renaissance movements, and a study of spatial and temporal approaches to literature of the conflict.