Yael Halevi-Wise

Professor Yael Halevi-WiseAssociate Professor
(on sabbatical)

Areas of Interest:

Studies in the novel, history and theory of the novel, Israeli literature and society, modern Jewish fiction.


Ph.D. Princeton University; M.A. Georgetown University; B.A. Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Taught Previously at:

Brandeis, Cornell and Princeton

Grants, Awards 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, Institute of Arts and Letters, Hebrew University (2008-09)
- W. and F. Hewlett Foundation, "Strengthening Interdisciplinary Connections" (2000-2001)
- Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship (2000-2001)
- Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture (2007, 2000)




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)


“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’œuvre 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.

Book Reviews

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

"Gilead Morahg, 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 Thinking,” Partial Answers: Journal of Literature and the History of Ideas 11.1 (2013): 173-177.

“Deborah Starr and Sasson Somekh, Eds. “Mongrels or Marvels: The Levantine Writings of Jacqueline Shohet Kahanoff,” Sephardic Horizons 2.1 (Winter 2012): http://sephardichorizons.org/Volume2/Issue1/halevi-wise.html 

“Yael Feldman, Glory and Agony: Isaac’s Sacrifice and National Narrative,” Shofar 30.4 (2012). Print version forthcoming. Online version: http://www.case.edu/artsci/jdst/reviews/Glory.htm

“Nitza Ben-Dov, Ve-hi’tehilatkha: Iyyunim bi-yetsirot Shai Agnon, A. B. Yehoshua ve-Amos Oz,” AJS Review 35.1 (2011): 208-11.

Current Research:

Representations/manipulations of history in the modern literary imagination.

Back to top