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Director of The Stulman Program in Jewish Studies
Neta Stahl’s primary research interests lie at the intersection of literature, religion, and culture. She won grants from National Endowment for the Humanities and the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture and received the Koret Publication prize for first book in Jewish Studies.
TZELEM YEHUDI, her Hebrew book on the representation of Jesus in 20th-century Hebrew literature, was published in 2008. An expanded English edition, Other and Brother: The Figure of Jesus in the 20th-Century Jewish Literary Landscape, was published in 2013 with Oxford University Press. A French translation of this work is forthcoming.
A collection of articles she edited, titled Jesus Among the Jews, appeared with Routledge (2012). In her next book, Modern Hebrew Literature and the Divine (recently accepted by Routledge) she explores the conundrum of a literature that presents itself as an ideological, secular break from Jewish tradition, yet maintains an intense dialogue with the Jewish God.
Stahl is also working on a third book project on the experimental poetics of the contemporary Israeli novelist, Yoel Hoffman.
Stahl's articles on various twentieth century Hebrew writers appeared in leading journals, such as: Comparative Literature, Jewish Studies Quarterly,Religion & Literature, Prooftexts, and the Journal of Modern Jewish Studies.
Other and Brother: The Figure of Jesus in the 20th-Century Jewish Literary Landscape (New York: Oxford University Press, 2013).
TZELEM YEHUDI: Representations of Jesus in Twentieth Century Hebrew Literature (in Hebrew). (Tel Aviv: Resling, 2008).
Autre et nôtre. Jésus juif (French Translation of TZELEM YEHUDI ), Translated by Nicholas Weill (Paris: Alma Press, under contract).
Book Manuscript Under Contract
Twentieth-Century Jewish Literature: Conceptions of the Divine, Routledge
The Poetics of Yoel Hoffmann (in Hebrew), Resling
Journal Articles (Peer Reviewed)
"Jesus and the Pharisees Through the Eyes of Two Modern Hebrew Writers: A Contrarian Perspective", Hebrew Studies. Forthcoming.
“’He Who Employs Funny Rhymes in His Speech’”: Parodied Poetics in the Works of Uri Zvi Greenberg and S. Y. Agnon”, Prooftexts: Journal of Jewish Literary History, 34:1, 53-78.
“Theomorphism and Modern Hebrew Literature’s Search for the Divine: Brenner and Shlonsky as a Case Study”, Jewish Studies Quarterly (JSQ), 1:22 (2015), 62-85.
“Conceptions of Time and History in Modern Hebrew and Yiddish Train Stories,” Comparative Literature, 66:1, (2014), 322-339.
“Jesus as the New Jew: Zionism and the Literary Representation of Jesus,” Journal of Modern Jewish Studies, 11, No. 1, March 2012, 1-22.
“Not Being at One’s Home: Yoel Hoffmann and the Formal Representation of Otherness,” Prooftexts: Journal of Jewish Literary History, 30:2 (2011), 217-237.
“Uri Zvi Before the Cross: The Figure of Jesus in the Poetry of Uri Zvi Greenberg”, Religion & Literature, 40.3 (2008), 49-80.
“ ‘Why Have You Forsaken Me?’ – Avot Yeshurun and Jesus of Krasnitaw”, Iggud: Selected Essays in Jewish Studies, Vol. III: Literature, Language, and Art (Jerusalem: World Union of Jewish Studies, 2007), 215-228.
Chapters in Collections
“Uri Zvi Greenberg and the Devine” in Tamar Wolf-Monzon and Avidov Lipsker (eds.), The Poetry of Uri Zvi Greenberg in the 1920s [in Hebrew] (Ramat Gan: Bar Ilan University, forthcoming).
“Jewish Writers and Nationalist Theology at the Fin de Siécle” in Emma Mason (ed.), Theological Issues in Literature and the Abrahamic Faiths, (London: Bloomsbury, 2015), 75-85.
“Between the Literary and the Historical Jesus: Teaching the Modern Hebrew Writers’ Jesus” in Zev Garber (ed.), Teaching Jesus: Pedagogy and Exegesis, (New York: Routledge, 2014), 109-120.
“ ‘We left Yeshu’: On Three Twentieth Century Hebrew Poets’ Longing for Jesus” in Neta Stahl (ed.), Jesus among the Jews, (London and New York: Routledge, 2012), 187-202.