Yael Halevi-Wise

 Yael Halevi-Wise
Contact Information
Email address: 
yael.haleviwise [at] mcgill.ca

McGill University Department of English
853 Sherbrooke Street West
Arts Building
Montreal, QC H3A 0G5 CANADA

Faculty Members
Associate Professor
Areas of expertise: 



B.A. (Hebrew University of Jerusalem); M.A. (Georgetown University); Ph.D. (Princeton U); Associate Professor

Nineteenth Century
Teaching areas: 

History of the Novel, and Comparative Literature (esp. Nineteenth-Century English literature, Twentieth-Century Latin American literature and Contemporary Israeli literature)

Taught previously at: 

Brandeis, Cornell, and Princeton.

Awards, honours, and fellowships: 
  • Visiting Professor, Department of Hebrew and Comparative Literature, Haifa University (Spring 2016)
  • Visiting Professor, Paris INALCO (Fall 2015)
  • SSHRC Standard Research Grant (2006-09)
  • FQRSC Programme pour l'établissement de nouveau professeurs-chercheurs (2006-2009)
  • Lady Davis Fellowship (2008-09)
  • W. and F. Hewlett Foundation, "Strengthening Interdisciplinary Connections" (2001)
  • Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship (2000-01)
  • Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture (2007, 2000)
Selected publications: 



The Retrospective Imagination of A. B. Yehoshua (Penn State UP, 2020) 

Sephardism: Spanish/Jewish History & the Modern Literary Imagination (Stanford University Press, 2012)

Interactive Fictions: Scenes of Storytelling in the Novel (Praeger/Greenwood Press, 2003) 


“The Mystery of Edwin Drood,” A Companion to Charles Dickens-Blackwell Companions to Literature and Culture, ed. by David Paroissien (forthcoming).

“A. B. Yehoshua and the Novel of Vocation,” Prooftexts: A Journal of Jewish Literary History 37 (2019): 688-710 (special issue in memory of Alan Mintz z”l).

“Hebrew Literature in the ‘World Republic of Letters’: Translation and Reception, 1918-2018” (with Madeleine Gottesman), Israel Studies Review 33.2 (2018): 1-25.

"The Watchman’s Stance in A. B. Yehoshua’s Fiction," Hebrew Studies 58 (2017): 357-382.

"Holidays in A. B. Yeshoshua's Opus and Ethos," Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal Studies 35.2 (2017): 55-80.

“Unflattening Mrs. Micawber,” Dickens Quarterly 33.3 (2016): 201-222.

“La formation d’une identité israélienne dans l’ouvre de A.B. Yehoshua.” Une journée avec Avraham Yehoshua. La célibataire, revue Lacanienne 30 (2016): 161-172.

“Agnon’s Conversation with Jeremiah in A Guest for the Night: `Aginut in an Age of National Modernization” AJS Review 38.2 (2014): 395-416:  journals.cambridge.org/repo_A94Z8Rrv

“Where is the Sephardism in A. B. Yehoshua’s Hesed Sefardi/The Retrospective?” Sephardic Horizons 4.1 (2014): http://www.sephardichorizons.org/

“The Life and Times of the Picaro-Converso from Spain to Latin America,” in Sephardism, Ed. Y. Halevi-Wise (Stanford UP, 2012):143-66.

"A Taste of Sepharad from the Suburbs of Mexico: Rosa Nissan's Ladino in Novia que te vea and Hisho que te nazca," in Sephardic Identity in the Americas, Ed. M. Bejarano and E. Aizenberg (Syracuse UP, 2012).

"Reading Agnon's In the Prime of Her Life in Light of Freud's Dora," Jewish Quarterly Review 98.1 (2008): 29-40.

" 'The Double Triangle Paradigm' in Hebrew Fiction: National Redemption in Bigenerational Love Triangles from Agnon to Oz," Prooftexts: A Journal of Jewish Literary History 26 (2006): 309-343.

"Ethics and Aesthetics of Memory in Contemporary Mizrahi Literature," The Journal of Israeli History 20.1 (Spring 2001): 49-66.

"Little Dorrit's Story," The Dickensian 94.446 (1998): 184-94.

"The Rhetoric of Silence in Conrad's Lord Jim," Anatomies of Silence (1998): 98-105.

"Storytelling in Like Water for Chocolate," The Other Mirror (1997): 123-131.

"The Play within the Play as a Model of Fictionality," Mundos de Ficcion II (1996): 899-91.

Recent Book Reviews:

“Zeruya Shalev’s Pain,Words Without Borders (January 2020 issue)

Gilead Moragh, “Compassion and Fury: On the Fiction of A. B. Yehoshua,” Hebrew Studies 56 (2015): 101-104.

Dan Miron, From Continuity to Contiguity: Toward a New Jewish Literary ThinkingPartial Answers: Journal of Literature and the History of Ideas. 11.1 (2013): 173-77.

Deborah Starr and Sasson Somekh, Eds. Mongrels or Marvels: The Levantine Writings of Jacqueline Shohet KahanoffSephardic Horizons 2.1 (Winter 2012).

Yael Feldman, Glory and Agony: Isaac’s Sacrifice and National NarrativeShofar 30.4 (2012). Print version forthcoming.

Sidra DeKoven Ezrahi, Booking Passage: Exile and Homecoming in the Modern Jewish ImaginationCriticism 42.4 (2000): 484-87.

Current research: 

Representations of history and myth in the modern literary imagination.

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