Lital Levy

Lital Levy is Associate Professor of Comparative Literature at Princeton University, where she teaches in and between literature, history, and critical theory, with specializations in Hebrew, Arabic, Middle Eastern, and Jewish studies. Her research encompasses literature and film from Israel/Palestine, the modern intellectual history of Arab Jews, the interface of Jewish literature and world literature, and comparative non-Western cultural modernity. Her book Poetic Trespass: Writing between Hebrew and Arabic in Israel/Palestine (Princeton University Press, 2014) investigated the cultural politics of Arabic-Hebrew bilingualism and translation. She is currently working on two book projects: a history of Arab Jews in the modern Hebrew and Arabic renaissance movements, and a study of temporality in relation to the culture of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.


Before Global Modernism: Comparing Renaissance, Reform, and Rewriting in the Global South
Fig. 1. Albert Einstein and Rabindranath Tagore, July 14, 1930.  Photograph by Martin Vos. Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.