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People: Core Faculty

Stephen KatzStephen Katz

  • Professor, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures
  • Chair, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures
  • Adjunct Professor, Robert and Sandra S, Borns Jewish Studies Program
  • Curriculum Vitae


  • DHL (Doctor of Hebrew Literature), the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, 1979

Research Interests

  • Modern Hebrew Language and Literature
  • Fiction of S. Y. Agnon
  • American experience of Jews and Hebrew writers
  • Hebrew poetry

Contact Information

Office: Global and International Studies Building 3048
Phone: (812) 855-4744

Courses Recently Taught

  • Advanced Hebrew I and II
  • Modern Hebrew Literature in English translation (and in the original)
  • Introduction to Modern Hebrew Literature
  • Recent Hebrew Literature in English translation (and in the original)
  • S. Y. Agnon and the Jewish Experience
  • The Kibbutz in Fact and Fiction
  • Biblical Themes in Modern Hebrew Literature

Publication Highlights

  • "Ambivalent Embraces: American Hebraists' Accommodation with Eretz Israel." Jewish Quarterly Review (forthcoming).
  • "Quinces," A short story by Avshalom Kaveh, will appear in the spring 2010 issue of Zeek.
  • Red, Black, and Jew: New Frontiers in Hebrew Literature. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2009.
  • "First Cry: Moshe Ben-Meir's Early Holocaust Poetry of the Un-Passover." Hebrew Studies L (2009): 277–304.
  • "Child's Play: Hillel Bavli's 'Mrs. Woods' and Indian Representation in American Hebrew Literature." Modern Judaism 27, no. 2 (2007): 193–218.
  • "To be as Others: E.E. Lisitzky's Re-presentation of Native Americans." Hebrew Union College Annual 73 (2003), 249–97.
  • The Centrifugal Novel: S.Y. Agnon's Poetics of Narrative. Madison, NJ: AUP/Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 1999.
  • Ha-Gibbor be-Eynay Ruho: Torat ha-Sipper be-'oreah nata lalun' le-Shay Agnon [in Hebrew, "The Hero in His Own Eyes: Narrative Techniques in S.Y. Agnon's A Guest for the Night"]. Tel-Aviv: Eked, 1985.
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