Education

PhD, Hebrew Literature, UCLA (1987)
MA, Hebrew Literature, UCLA (1983)
High School Teaching Certificate, Hebrew Literature and Language, Tel Aviv University (1970)
BA, Hebrew Literature and Language, Tel Aviv University (1969)

Publications

Books

  • Between Dystopia and Utopia: The Struggle to Forge an Israeli-Jewish Identity in the Second Century of Zionist/Post-Zionist Discourse in the Novels of Lea Aini’s Ashtoret and Eshkol Nevo’s Neuland,” Ma’ase Sipur, Bar- Ilan University Press, Israel. (2017 forthcoming)
  • “Between Dystopia and Utopia: The Struggle to Forge an Israeli-Jewish Identity in the Novels of Lea Aini’s Ashtoret and Eshkol Nevo’s Neuland,” Zehuyot 8 – Identities, Journal for Jewish Culture and Identity, The van Leer Jerusalem Institute, Israel. (2017)
  • “Generic Hybridity in Three of Lea Aini’s Novels: Someone Must Be Here, Ashtoret, and Rose of Lebanon,” Mikan: Journal for Literary Studies, V. 16, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel. (2016)
  • “Centrifugal and Centripetal Drives in Two Literary Autobiographies: Yoram Kaniuk’s Post Mortem and Lea Aini’s Rose of Lebanon,” Jerusalem Studies in Hebrew Literature 28, The Hebrew University Magnes Press, Israel. (2016)
  • “Rena Lee’s Short Stories Still Far from Home,” Between Two Words: Papers on Rena Lee & Choice Pages from her Uncollected Literary Works, ed. by Ziva Shamir, Haim Nagid, Esther H.G Vitkon-Zilber, Safra Books, Israel. (2016)
  • “Between Comic Terror and Jewish Humor: Yitzhak Laor’s As Much as You Give Me,” Collection of Essays on Yitzhak Laor’s Work, Hakibbutz Hameuchad Publishing House, Israel. (2012)
  • “Depression and Melancholia in Brenner’s Breakdown and Bereavement,” Hador, The Hebrew Annual of America, V. 4. (2011)
  • “Hebrew Electronic Workbook: Rigorous Grammar Practice Outside the Classroom,” Hebrew Higher Education, Published at the University of Wisconsin-Madison by the National Association of Professors of Hebrew in Institutions of Higher Learning, V. 13. (2010)
  • “From Text to Context: The Reader and the Signification Process in Yuval Shimoni’s A Room,” Ma’ase Sipur, Bar- Ilan University Press, Israel. (2009)
  • “Beyond the Stereotypes of Old Age: Women and Aging in Joshua Kenaz’s Novel The Way to the Cats,” Hador, The Hebrew Annual of America, V. 3. (2009)
  • “The Terror Within and the Pagan Discourse: Yitzhak Laor’s Postmodern Satire And With My Spirit, My Corpse,” Jerusalem Studies in Hebrew Literature, V. 22, The Magnes Press, The Hebrew University, Israel. (2008)
  • “Mother Daughter Dialectics: Socialization of Survival in David Grossman’s novel The Book of Internal Grammar,” Hador, The Hebrew Annual of America, V.2. (2008)
  • “Black Humor and the Grotesque in Yitzhak Laor’s Novel Ecce Homo,” Alei-Siah, Hakibbutz Hameuchad Publishing House, Israel. (2007)
  • “Ideology, Melancholy and Postmodern Irony in Itzhak Laor’s The People, Food Fit for a King,” Alpayim, Israel. (2005)
  • “Allegory and Simulacra in Yuval Simoni’s ‘The Art of War’,” Iton 77, V. 288, Israel. (2004)
  • “Rena Lee’s Stories Collection: Far From Home,” Hadoar, V. 82, 2, New York. (2003)
  • “Flirtation in S.Y. Agnon’s Shira,” History and Literature: New Readings of Jewish Texts in Honor of Arnold J. Band, ed. William Cutter and David C. Jacobson, Brown Judaic Studies, Brown University Press, Providence. (2002)
  • “From the Melancholy of an Individual to the Melancholy of a Social Class: From Brenner’s Breakdown and Bereavement to Shabtai’s Past Continuous,” Dappim Research in Literature, Haifa University, Israel (2002)
  • Literature and Ideology, Papyrus Publishing House at Tel Aviv University, Israel (1992)
  • Workbook Hebrew 1ABC, Academic Publishing Service, UCLA (1987)

Honors & Awards

Nominee for the Brian P. Copenhaver Award for Innovation in Teaching with Technology (2009, 2008)
Non-Senate Faculty Professional Development Award (2007-2008)
Distinguished Teaching Award (2007)
Non-Senate Faculty Professional Development Award (2007)
NELC Nominee for the Luckman Distinguished Teaching Award (2006, 1994)
Certificate of Acknowledgment from UCLA Hillel (1997)
City of Santa Monica Mayor’s Commendation for Service to the Homeless (1994)

Courses

Undergraduate
  • Elementary Hebrew (Hebrew 1A, Hebrew 1B, Hebrew 1C)
  • Intermediate Hebrew (Hebrew 102A, Hebrew 102B, Hebrew 102C)

Grants

  • Common Collaboration and Learning Environment (CCLE) Innovation and Development Program (2015)
  • Committee on Instructional Improvement Programs, Office of Instructional Development (2009)
  • Common Collaborative Learning Environment (CCLE) Innovation and Development Program (2009)
  • Committee on Instructional Improvement Programs, Office of Instructional Development (2006)