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Dr Peleg is currently engaged in two literary and one cultural studies projects. His literary study projects include a history of romance in modern Hebrew literature, especially the paradoxical absence of it from the modern Hebrew roman or novel. He is also engaged in an ongoing study of American Hebrew literature in the twentieth century. The aim of the study—a joint project with Professor Alan Mintz of the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York—is to restore American Hebrew poets and writers to the Hebrew literary canon by compiling a representative collection of their best works as well as an anthology of scholarly reviews of them.

His cultural study project is concerned with the invention or production of Israeli culture in the first half of the twentieth century and the legacy of such key cultural innovations as language, literature, body culture, militarism, religious holidays, and music in the second half of the twentieth century and beyond.


Key publications: 
  • 2011 Identities in Motion: Israeli Cinema Reader, University of Texas Press (co-editor).
  • 2008 Israeli Culture Between the Two Intifadas: A Brief Romance, University of Texas Press.
  • 2005 Orientalism and the Hebrew Imagination, Cornell University Press.
  • Brandeis Modern Hebrew, New England University Press (co-author).
  • 2003 Derech Gever, homoeroticism in Modern Hebrew literature (1880-2000), Shufra Pub.
Other publications: 
  • 2011: "Beaufort the Book, Beaufort the film: Israeli Militarism Under Attack." in Representations of War in Israeli Culture, An Anthology, Rachel S. Harris and Ranen Omer-Sherman editors, Wayne State University Press, 2011.
  • 2011: "Ecce Homo: The Transfiguration of Manhood" in Israeli Cinema: Identities in Motion, Miri Talmon & Yaron Peleg (eds), University of Texas Press, 2011.
  • 2011: "From Black to White: The Changing Image of Mizrahim in Israeli Cinema, 1960-2000."Journal of Israel Studies, Volume 13, Number 2, Summer 2008, pp. 122-145.
  • Reprinted in Wandering Views: Modern Jewish Experiences in World Cinema, Lawrence Baron ed., Brandeis University Press, 2011.
  • 2008: "Love, Suddenly: Etgar Keret and the Emergence of Hebrew Romance," Hebrew Studies; 2008 XLIX:143-164.
  • 2008: "Zionism and Postcolonialism in Y. H. Brenners' Short Story 'Avla'." Hador, 2008.
  • 2008: "Israeli Identity in a Post-Zionist Age," in Ruth Wisse festschrist, Harvard University Press, 2008.
  • 2006: "Heroic Conduct: Homoeroticism and the Creation of Modern, Jewish Masculinities,"Jewish Social Studies n.s. 13, no. 1 (Fall 2006): 31-58.
  • 2005: "Love at First Sight? David, Jonathan and the Biblical Politics of Gender," Journal of Studies of the Old Testament, Vol 30.2 (2005): 171-189.
  • 2003: "Hasipur ha’ivri hakatsar be’amerika, 1900-1950" (The Hebrew Short Story in America, 1900-1950), Hado’ar, No. 1, volume 23, Fall 2003.
  • 2003: "The Critic as a Dialectical Zionist: Gershon Shaked’s Hebrew Fiction 1880-1980,"Prooftexts, volume 23, No. 3, Fall 2003.
Kennedy Leigh Lecturer in Modern Hebrew Studies
Dr Yaron  Peleg
Not available for consultancy


Departments and institutes: 
Person keywords: 
Israeli Cinema
Hebrew Language
Hebrew Literature
Modern Hebrew