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.

Abramovich, Dvir. Fragments of Hell: Israeli Holocaust Literature. Boston: Academic Studies Press, 2019.

Abramson, Glenda. The Oxford Book of Hebrew Short Stories. New York: Oxford UP, 1997.

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.

Bargad, Warren, and Stanley F. Chyet. Israeli Poetry: A Contemporary Anthology. Bloomington: Indiana UP, 1988.

Bar-Adon, Aaron. The Rise and Decline of a Dialect: a Study in the Revival of Modern Hebrew. La Hague: Mouton, 1979.

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

Blocker, Joel. Israeli Stories. New York: Schocken, 2001.

Center for Israel Education. Israel and Hebrew Language: A Nation’s Choice, Atlanta, Center for Israel Education, 2016,

Chomsky, William. Hebrew: The Eternal Language. Philadelphia, PA: Jewish Publication Society of America, 1986.

Chotzner, J. Hebrew Satire. Oxon: Routledge, 2018.

Diamond, James S. Barukh Kurzweil and Modern Hebrew Literature. Brown Judaic Studies, 2020.

Domb, Risa. New Women’s Writing from Israel. London: Vallentine Mitchell, 1996.

Elon, Amos. The Israelis: Founders and Sons. New York: Penguin, 1983.

Glazer, Miriyam. Dreaming the Actual: Contemporary Fiction and Poetry by Israeli Women Writers. Albany, NY: State U of New York, 2015.

Glinert, Lewis. The Story of Hebrew. Princeton University Press, 2017. 

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

Gold, Nili Rachel Scharf. “Amichai’s Open Closed Open and Now And In Other Days: A Poetic Dialogue.” History and Literature: New Readings of Jewish Texts in Honor of Arnold J. Band, edited by William Cutter and David C. Jacobson, Brown Judaic Studies, (2020): 465–478. 

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

Harshav, Benjamin. Language in Time of Revolution. Stanford, CA: Stanford UP, 1999.

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.

Hoffman, Haya. Not Just Milk and Honey: An Anthology of Hebrew Short Stories. New Delhi: National Book Trust, India, 1998.

Isaksen, Runo. Literature and War: Conversations with Israeli and Palestinian Writers. Northampton, MA: Olive Branch, 2009.

Jacobson, David C. Creator, Are You Listening? Israeli Poets on God and Prayer. Bloomington: Indiana U, 2007.

Karmi, T., ed. The Penguin Book of Hebrew Verse. London: Penguin, 2006.

Levy, Lital. Poetic Trespass: Writing between Hebrew and Arabic in Israel/Palestine. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2014.

Liebmann, Charles Seymour. Civil Religion in Israel. NA: U of California, 1983.

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.

Raizen, Esther. No Rattling of Sabers: An Anthology of Israeli War Poetry. Austin: U of Texas, 1996.

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.

Shaked, Gershon, Yael Lotan, Emily Miller. Budick, and Jessica Cohen. Modern Hebrew Fiction. Bloomington: Indiana UP, 2000.

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

Stahl, Neta. The Divine in Modern Hebrew Literature. London: Routledge, 2020.

Yudkin, Leon I. 1948 and After: Aspects of Israeli Fiction. Manchester: U of Manchester, 1984.

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

Abramovich, Dvir. “Sleuthing in modern Hebrew literature: Investigating Israeli society,” Mentalities/Mentalités 28.3 (2016): 1–17.

Abramovich, Dvir. “Testing the Limits of Holocaust Representation in Modern Israeli Literature.” The Australian Journal of Jewish Studies, 23 (2009): 5-16.

Asscher, Omri. “The Ideological Manipulation of Hebrew Literature in English Translation in the 1970s and 1980s,” Journal of Modern Jewish Studies, 15:3 (November 2016): 384–401.

Bargad, Warren. “The Image of the Arab in Israeli Literature.” Hebrew Annual Review, 1 (1977): 53-65.

Bar-Yosef, Eitan. “Bonding With the British: Colonial Nostalgia and the Idealization of Mandatory Palestine in Israeli Literature and Culture after 1967.” Jewish Social Studies, 22:3 (2017): 1-37.

Harris, Rachel S. “Israeli Literature in the 21st Century: The Transcultural Generation: An Introduction.” Shofar, 33:3 (2015): 1-14.

Hoare, Liam. “1967 Nathan Alterman or Amos Oz: The Six Day war and Israeli Literature,” Fathom, Spring 2017.

Levy, Lital and Allison Schachter. “Jewish Literature / World Literature: Between the Local and the Transnational,” Publication of the Modern Language Association of America, 130:1 (January 2015): 92-109.

Maschiach, Celina. “Face to Face: Self and Other in Israeli Children’s Literature.” Bookbird: A Journal of International Children’s Literature, 48:1 (2010): 23-29.

Moore-Gilbert, Kylie. “Aliyah and Identity in Israeli-Russian Literature.” Transnational Literature, 7:1 (2014): 1-11.

Morahg, Gilead. “New Images of Arabs in Israeli Fiction.” Prooftexts, 6:2 (1986): 147-162.

Nir, Oded. “Israeli Literature and the Time of “post-post-Zionism”,” CLCWeb: Comparative Literature and Culture, 21:2 (2019).

Ofengenden, Ari. “National Identity in Global Times: Therapy and Satire in Contemporary Israeli Film and Literature.” The Comparticist,, 39 (2015): 294-322.

Olmert, Dana. “Mothers of Soldiers in Israeli Literature: The Return of the Politically Repressed.” Prooftexts, 33:3 (2013): 333-364.

Peleg, Yaron. “A New Hebrew Literary Diaspora? Israeli Literature Abroad,” Studia Judaica, 18 (2015): 321–338.

Pinsker, Shachar. “That Yiddish Has Spoken to Me: Yiddish In Israeli Literature.” Poetics Today, 35:3 (2014): 325-356.

Ronen, Shoshana. “Post-Holocaust Representations of Poland in Israeli Literature,” The Polish Review 60:3 (2015): 3-20.

Ronen, Shoshana. “Yehoshua Ozjasz Thon on the Revival of Hebrew Literature: From Revolutionism to a Moderate Conservatism,” Polin Studies in Polish Jewry, 28 (2016): 139-152.

Rudin, Shai. “The Poetics of Horror: Representation of Violence Against Women in Israeli Women’s Literature.” Women in Judaism, 9: 1 (2012): 1-32.

Schrire, Dani. “Zionist Folkloristics in The 1940s–1950s: Diasporic Cultures And The Question Of Continuity.” Hebrew Studies, 60 (2019): 197–222. 

Shait, Heddy. “The Dilemma of Missing Soldiers in Contemporary Israeli Literature: Narratives of Quest and Deviation.” Australian Journal of Jewish Studies, 26 (2012): 70-94.

Shavit, Avner. “Conversation Within: The Image of Ultra-Orthodoxy in Israeli Literature and Cinema.” Kwartalnik Historii Zydow, 3 (2014): 597-604.

Shiffman, Smadar. “If Not Now, When? Israeli Literature and Political Responsibility.” Israel Studies Forum, 20:1 (2005): 70-82.

Shvarts, Yigal. “The Person, The Path, and The Melody: A Brief History of Identity in Israeli Literature.” Prooftexts, 20:3 (2000): 318-339.

Tooman, William A. “Authenticating Oral and Memory Variants in Ancient Hebrew Literature,” Journal of Semitic Studies, 64:1 (Spring 2019): Pages 91–114.

Weininger, Melissa. “Language Politics: The Boundaries of Homeland and Translingual Israeli Literature.” Studies in the Novel, 48:4 (2016): 477-493