Yael Segalovitz is a lecturer at the Department of Foreign Literatures and Linguistics at Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel. Her work spans American, Hebrew, and Brazilian modernisms, and she also has translated between the three languages She is presently completing a book on the global circulation of close reading as a technique of the self geared towards the production of attentive subjects. Her next project relocates this disciplinary self-reflexivity in the new millennium, examining the reemergence of psychoanalysis as a literary critical and creative prism in North America. She has recently launched the podcast, Psychoanaliterature, where she and Prof. Anneleen Masschelein interview key figures working in the intersection of literary studies and psychoanalysis, among them Judith Butler, Jane Gallop, and Patricia Gherovici.


B.A. Tel-Aviv University, Literature & Psychology 


M.A. Tel-Aviv University, Department of Literature  


Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, Department of Comparative Literature 


I Dressed His Wounds, God Cured Him: Freud’s Evenly Suspended Attention.” In Freud and Monotheism: Moses and the Violent Origins of Religion. Karen Feldman and Gilad Sharvit (eds.) (New York: Fordham University Press, 2018). 108-137.  


 ‘My Error Is My Mirror’: Clarice Lispector’s Jewish Rhetoric of Mistakes,” In After Clarice: Reading Lispector’s Legacy in the Twenty-First Century. Adriana X. Jacobs and Claire Williams (eds.) (Cambridge: Legenda). Forthcoming.


“William Faulkner, Cleanth Brooks, and the Living-Dead Reader of New Critical Theory.” Arizona Quarterly 75, no. 1, 2019, p. 49-85 


“The Ghosts of New Criticism: Brooks, Faulkner, and the Politics of Close Reading.” OT: A Journal of Literary Criticism and Theory 9, 2020, p. 43-76. [Hebrew] 


“Queering Identity Politics in Shimon Adaf’s Aviva-No,” CLCWeb: Comparative Literature and Culture, Special issue on “Poetry in Israel: Forging Identity” 22, no. 1, 2020 https://doi.org/10.7771/1481-4374.3703 


“‘The Music of Prose Takes Place in Silence’: Sound, Fury, and Faulkner’s Negative Audition,” forthcoming from Modern Fiction Studies

Translation, The Via Crucis of the Body [Derekh Ha-Yisurim Shel Ha-Guf] by Clarice Lispector, Portuguese to Hebrew (Tel Aviv: Ha-Kibbutz ha-Me’uchad/Sifriat Po’alim, 2016)


Translation, Aviva-No [Aviva-Lo] by Shimon Adaf, Hebrew to English (Farmington, ME: Alice James Books, 2019)

Blog Posts


    Unselfing: Modernist Subjectivity and Transnational Legacies of New Criticismmonograph

    Psychoanaliterature: Psychoanalysis and Literature in Turn-of-the-Millennium U.S. – monograph (ISF funded)



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