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

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: 


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

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


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

“La formation d’une identité israélienne dans l’ouvre de A.B. Yehoshua.” Psychanalyse et Littérature:

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): 1-22. PDF: http://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. Stanford UP, 2012.143-166.

“Rebecca Goldstein’s Spinoza,” in Sephardism. Stanford UP, 2012. 275-83.

A Taste of Sepharad from the Mexican Suburbs: Rosa Nissán's Stylized Ladino in Novia que te vea and Hisho que te nazca,” in Sephardic Identity in the Americas. Eds. Bejarano and 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 Bi-generational Love Triangles from Agnon to Oz.” Prooftexts 26 (2006): 309-343.

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

“Little Dorrit’s Story.” The Dickensian No. 446 V. 94 Part 3 (1998): 184-94.

“The Rhetoric of Silence in Conrad’s Lord Jim.”  Anatomies of Silence. Eds. Cacoullos and Sifianou. Athens: U of Athens, 1998. 98-105.

“Storytelling in Like Water for Chocolate.” The Other Mirror: Women’s Narrative in Mexico, 1980-1995. Ed. Kristine Ibsen. Westport, CT:  Greenwood Press, 1997. 123-131.

“The Play within the Play as a Model of Fictionality.” Mundos de  Ficción II. 49-55.

Recent Book Reviews:

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: 

Beginning a comprehensive study of contemporary Israeli author A.B. Yehoshua; continuing a keen interest in representations/manipulations of history in the modern literary imagination.

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