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Upcoming Event: Verses of Longing: Desire and Gender in Modern Hebrew Literature

September 20th, 2013

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Verses of Longing: Desire and Gender in Modern Hebrew Literature
The Brandeis-BGU International Workshop for Scholars

Organizers: Ilana Szobel, Brandeis University and Hamutal Tsamir, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

Tuesday and Wednesday, October 1-2, 2013 at Brandeis University

This workshop explores the ways in which Hebrew literature represents, constructs and struggles with various forms of desire, addressing the juxtaposition of poetics and desire in the context of ideology, nationalism, Judaism, modernity, sexuality, passion, and power. For further information, please go to:

In Hebrew
The workshop takes place in Hebrew. Those interested in attending must contact Professor Szobel directly at

English Session: Configurations of Desire – Rethinking Hebrew Literature
Tuesday October 1, 4:30-6:00 pm
Schusterman Center conference room (Mandel 328)

Free and open to the public
Light refreshments served
RSVP to (recommended)

Amir Banbaji, Ben-Gurion University: “The Desire for Beauty and Truth in Haskalah Aesthetic Theory”
Mikhal Dekel, City College, CUNY: “Tragedy Contra Theory: Matalon, Butler and the Critique of Zionism”
Response: Shai Ginsburg, Duke University

Program (PDF)

This workshop is sponsored by the Bronfman Philanthropies grant for the Brandeis-Israel Collaborative Research Initiative, with the support of The Schusterman Center for Israel Studies and the NEJS department.

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