Ariel Pridan

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6th Year Graduate Student in Comparative Literature


Ariel Pridan joined Yale’s Department of Comparative Literature in the fall of 2016. 
She completed her M.A. at Tel Aviv University. Her M.A. thesis, Beyond Conflict: the Anti-Aggressive Aspect in Yitzhak Averbuch Orpaz’s Fiction, offers a re-reading of the prose fiction of Israeli author Yitzhak Averbuch Orpaz, written in the years circa the 1967 Arab-Israeli War. Her critical reading of Orpaz’s works leans on the theoretical and philosophical framework of Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari, and presents a wide array of concepts, all conveying anti-aggressive ethics that undermines the violent binarism between “Self” and “Other.” The thesis’s close reading of Orpaz’s literary texts suggests that Orpaz’s works unravel ways of transcending the conflictual logic inherent to situations of war and militarism. Thus, Orpaz’s works attest to the potential embedded within Israeli existence to create new forms of sensory, cognitive and communal experiences that do not derive from the violence required to oppress and subjugate the “Other.”
Ariel’s present research interests span Israeli, German and Jewish – both Yiddish and German – literatures. She is particularly interested in a comparative examination of Hebrew literature written after 1967 Arab-Israeli War and German literature written after the fall of the Berlin Wall, in light of different analytical categories, such as nomadism, post-nationalism, and globalization.


B.A. (2011), Literature and Psychology, Tel Aviv University (Summa Cum Laude).
M.A. (2015), Literature, Tel Aviv University (Summa Cum Laude).

Research Interests

Jewish literatures; Modern Hebrew literature; history and historiography of Hebrew literature; narratives of nomadism and diaspora; Post Structuralist theories; Post Humanism; minority and minor literature.