Israeli/Hebrew Literature

While the Hebrew language was revived and modernized into a spoken language led by Eliezer Ben Yehuda and others at the end of the nineteenth century, it has served as a unifying element for Jewish people for centuries.


Alter, Robert. Modern Hebrew Literature.  West Orange, NJ: Behrman House, 1975.

Alter, Robert. Hebrew and Modernity. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1994.

Bargad, Warren. From Agnon to Oz: Studies in Modern Hebrew Literature.  Atlanta: Scholars Press, 1996.

Bar-Yosef, Hamutal. Mysticism in 20th Century Hebrew Literature. Boston: Academic Studies Press, 2010.

Gluzman, Michael. The Politics of Canonicity: Lines of Resistance in Modernist Hebrew Poetry. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2003.

Hakak, Lev. Modern Hebrew Literature Made into Films. Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 2001.

Hasak-Lowy, Todd. Here and Now: History, Nationalism, and Realism in Modern Hebrew Fiction. Syracuse, N.Y: Syracuse University Press, 2008.

Hever, Hannan. Producing the Modern Hebrew Canon: Nation Building and Minority Discourse. New York: New York University Press, 2002.

Miller, Giulia. Reconfiguring Surrealism in Modern Hebrew Literature: Menashe Levin, Yitzhak Oren and Yitzhak Orpaz. London: Vallentine Mitchell Publishers, 2013.

Mintz, Alan. “Banished From Their Father’s Table”: Loss of Faith and Hebrew Autobiography. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1989.

Mintz, Alan. Reading Hebrew Literature: Critical Discussions of Six Modern Texts. Hanover, NH: University Press of New England, 2003.

Mintz, Alan. Translating Israel: Contemporary Hebrew Literature and Its Reception in America. Syracuse, N.Y: Syracuse University Press, 2001.

Miron, Dan. The Prophetic Mode in Modern Hebrew Poetry. Milford, CT: Toby Press, 2010

Peleg, Yaron. Israeli Culture between the Two Intifadas: A Brief Romance. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2008.

Peleg, Yaron. Orientalism and the Hebrew Imagination. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2005.

Pinsker, Shachar. Literary Passports: The Making of Modernist Hebrew Fiction in Europe. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2010.

Schachter, Allison. Diasporic Modernisms: Hebrew & Yiddish Literature in the Twentieth Century. New York: Oxford University Press, 2012.

Schwartz, Yigal and Sapir, Michal. The Zionist Paradox: Hebrew Literature and Israeli Identity. Waltham, MA: Brandeis University Press, 2014.

Shaked, Gershon. The New Tradition: Essay on Modern Hebrew Literature. Cincinnati: Hebrew Union College Press, 2006.

Silberschlag, Eisig. From Renaissance to Renaissance: Hebrew Literature from 1492–1970. New York: Ktav, 1973.

Zakim, Eric. To Build and Be Built: Landscape, Literature, and the Construction of Zionist Identity. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2006.