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ONLINEGothic Narratives of Israel/Palestine in Hebrew Novels

February 16, 2023 Waltham Free
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The Schusterman Center for Israel Studies invites you to join us in-person or on Zoom for the next Schusterman Seminar, “Gothic Narratives of Israel / Palestine in Hebrew Novels by Ayman Sikseck and Alon Hilu,” with Dr. Karen Grumberg. This presentation will focus on Ayman Sikseck’s novel “Tishrin” (2016) and Alon Hilu’s novel “Ahuzat Dajani” (The House of Rajani, 2008). Both novels represent the histories of Israel/Palestine through uncannily mirrored Gothic narratives. Predicated on dark family secrets and undergirded by the experience of queerness, these narratives challenge our understanding of the ways stories are told and histories are transmitted.

Dr. Karen Grumberg is the Arnold S. Chaplik Professor in Israel and Diaspora Studies in the Department of Middle Eastern Studies and the Program in Comparative Literature at the University of Texas at Austin, where she has served as Director of UT’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies since 2018. She has published two monographs: “Place and Ideology in Contemporary Hebrew Literature” (Syracuse University Press, 2011) and “Hebrew Gothic: History and the Poetics of Persecution” (Indiana University Press, 2019). Her edited volume “Middle Eastern Gothics: Literature, Spectral Modernities and the Restless Past” was published in December 2022 in the Literary Gothic series of University of Wales Press.

This presentation is part of the Schusterman Seminars series, advanced seminars geared toward faculty and graduate students, and open to all, presenting the latest research in Israel Studies to the Schusterman Center community and beyond. To see the full spring semester lineup, please visit

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