Karen Grumberg is Associate Professor in the Department of Middle Eastern Studies and the Program in Comparative Literature at the University of Texas at Austin, where she also serves as Director of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies. She is the author of Space and Place in Contemporary Hebrew Literature (Syracuse UP, 2011). Her second book, Hebrew Gothic: History and the Poetics of Persecution, is currently under review.


PhD in Comparative Literature, UCLA, 2004

MA in Comparative Literature, UCLA, 1999

BA in History and English, University of Texas at Austin, 1997


“Between the World and the Yishuv: The Translation of Knut Hamsun’s Markens grøde as a Zionist Sacred Text,” forthcoming in Prooftexts 36: 111-136.

“Gothic Temporalities and Insecure Sanctuaries in Leah Goldberg’s ‘Lady of the Castle’ and Poe’s ‘Masque of the Red Death,’” Comparative Literature 68:4 (Dec. 2016): 408-26.

“‘Female Grotesque’: Orly Castel-Bloom and the Israeli Woman’s Body,” Nashim: a Journal of Jewish Women’s Studies and Gender Issues 23 (Spring/Fall 2012): 145-168.

“Of Sons and (M)others: the Spectropoetics of Exile in Autobiographical Writing by Amos Oz and Albert Cohen,” Prooftexts 30 (Fall 2010): 373-401.

“Migration as Place: Airplane and Airport in Ronit Matalon’s The One Facing Us and Bliss,” Scritture Migranti/Migrant Writings, 3 (2009): 47-66.

“Necessary Wounds and the Humiliation of Galut in Roth’s The Counterlife and Operation Shylock.” Philip Roth Studies, 5:1 (Spring 2009): 35-59.

Chapters in Books

“Ricki Lake in Tel Aviv: The Alternative of Orly Castel-Bloom’s Hebrew English,” in Anglophone Jewish Literature, ed. Axel Stähler (London: Routledge, 2007), 234-48.

“Places of Possibility in Allegra Goodman’s Kaaterskill Falls and Paradise Park,” in Jewish Women’s Writing of the 1990s and Beyond in Great Britain and the United States, eds. Behlau, Ulrike, and Bernhard Reitz (Trier: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier, 2004), 227-36.

“Schwellenangst: Die Wüste in Nenn die Nacht nicht Nacht von Amos Oz” [Mythful Thinking: The Liminal Desert in Oz’s Don’t Call It Night], in Das Gelobte Land: Erez Israel von der Antike bis zur Gegenwart: Quellen und Darstellungen [The Promised Land: Eretz Israel from Antiquity to the Present: Sources and Representations], eds. Pontzen, Alexandra and Axel Stähler (Reinbek, Germany: Rowohlt Verlag, 2003), 269-83.

Reviews and Other Publications

Book Review: Futurity: Contemporary Literature and the Quest for the Past, in Hebrew Studies, in Hebrew Studies 55 (2014).

Book Review: Reconfiguring Surrealism in Modern Hebrew Literature, in H-Judaic. May 2, 2014.

Encyclopedia entries on Amos Oz and Orly Castel-Bloom in the Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism.

Afterword to the English translation of Orly Castel-Bloom’s Dolly City (London and Champaign, IL: Dalkey Archive Press, 2010).

Book Review: In Spite of Partition: Jews, Arabs, and the Limits of Separatist Imagination, in Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East 29 (2009): 342-343.

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