Hannan Hever

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Jacob and Hilda Blaustein Professor of Judaic Studies and Professor of Comparative Literature
320 York St, New Haven, CT 06511 Room 341
+1 (203) 432-2754


Hannan Hever was born in Israel (January 14, 1953), graduated as an Electronics Technician fromhigh school (1971), graduated from the Hebrew University (Hebrew Literature and Philosophy, 1979) and received  his Ph.D. at the Hebrew University  in 1984 (supervisor: Dan Miron, title:Poets and Zealouts: The Rise of the Hebrew Political Poem). Post-Doc (Intellectual History) at Berkeley University (1986-1987).  Teaching in Israel at the Hebrew University (1979-1989, 2000-2012) and Tel-Aviv University (1989-2000). Taught at Northwestern University, An Arbor, Michigan University and Columbia University. Israeli literary critic and editor (two series of fiction in Am-Oved Publishing House and Hakkibutz Hameuchad Publishing House), a senior fellow at Van Leer Institute in Jerusalem and an Israeli Political activist against the Israeli occupation (Yesh Gevul and the 21st Year political movements).


B.A. The Hebrew University, 1975–1979
Ph.D. The Hebrew University, 1979–1984
Post-Doc. Berkeley University 1986–1987

Research Interests

Cultural history of Modern Hebrew poetry and prose; critical theory; Postcolonial Theory; theory of cultural and literary critique; history and politics of the Hassidic tale

Publication Highlights

Suddenly the Sight of War: Nationalism and Violence in the Hebrew Poetry of the 1940s (Hebrew) (Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 2001)

Producing the Modern Hebrew Canon, Nation Building and Minority Discourse (New York University Press, 2002)

Toward the Longed-For Shore: The Sea in Modern Hebrew Culture (Hebrew) (Hakibbutz Hameuchad and the Van Leer Institute, 2007)

With the Power of God: Theology and Politics in Modern Hebrew Literature (Hebrew) (Hakibbutz Hameuchad and the Van Leer Institute 2013)

Nativism, Zionism and Beyond, Three Essays on  Nativist Hebrew Poetry, (Rudolph Lectures, Syracuse University, 2014)

To Inheret the Land, to Conquer the Space: The Beginning of Hebrew Poetry in Eretz-Israel (Hebrew) (Mossad Bialik, 2015)

Research Interests: 
Critical Theory and Philosophy
Cultural History
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