Prof. Roman Katsman

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High Education

 

         Ph.D. (Cum Laude), Department of Comparative Literature, Bar-Ilan University, 2000. Dissertation: 'Mythopoesis in Dostoevsky and Agnon'

         B.A., Department of Comparative Literature, Bar-Ilan University, 1994.

 

Professional Experience

 

         Associate Professor, Department of Literature of the Jewish People, Bar-Ilan University, 2012-

         Senior Lecturer, Department of Literature of the Jewish People, Bar-Ilan University, 2003-2012

         Lecturer, Department of Literature of the Jewish People, Bar-Ilan University, 2000-2003

         Safed Regional College of Bar-Ilan University, 1998-2000

 

University Committees

        

         The Faculty of the Jewish Studies Committee for Ph.D. students, 2006-2008

 

Conferences and Colloquia Organizing at the Department

 

        “W. Benjamin between V. Kandinsky and A. Warburg” – a visiting lecture of Prof. Dorothee Gelhard (University of Regensburg), January 6, 2013.

         “Around the Point: The Languages, Literatures, and Cultures of Jews,” an international conference, December 17-19, 2012.

         “Formation of the Narrator in Ir u-Meloa by Agnon” – a visiting lecture of Prof. Alan Mintz (The Jewish Theological Seminary), November 27, 2012.

         “Rhetoric Today,” a colloquium, 2009-2010

         “Originary Thinking. An Introduction,” a visiting lecture of Prof. Eric Gans (UCLA), 2009

          “The Conception of Jewish Studies,” a visiting lecture of Prof. Andreas Kilcher (Zurich University), 2009.

         “Metaphor,” a colloquium, 2008-2009.

         “Yaakov Steinberg Conference: 120 Anniversary,” 2007

          “Traces, Folds and Splits: Continuities in Literature of the Jewish People,” an international conference, 2002.

         “Ethics and Postmodernism,” a colloquium, 2002-2003

 

International Research Group

 

The Concept of Myth in the Russian-Jewish Intellectual Circles at the Beginning of the 20th Century: From the Historical Context to the Current One. 2013-2014.

The group website: https://sites.google.com/site/jpa20132014/

 

Service on Editorial Boards

 

         Editor (with Hillel Weiss, Ber Kotlerman, and Orna Levin): Ayin Gimel: A Journal of Agnon Studies

The journal website: http://www.biu.ac.il/js/li/aj/index.html

 

         Member of the Editorial Board: Dostoevsky Journal: An Independent Review

         Member of the Editorial Board: Modern Behavioral Science (MBS)

         Member of the Editorial Board: The book series Borderlines: Jews of Russia/Eastern Europe and Their Legacy, Academic Studies Press

The website: http://academicstudiespress.com/BookSeries.aspx

Publications

Books

Laughter in the Heaven: Symbols of Laughter in the Works by S.Y. Agnon. In Hebrew. Jerusalem: Magness Press, 420 pp., in press.

Nostalgia for a Foreign Land: Studies in Russian-Language Literature in Israel. Series: Jews of Russia and Eastern Europe and Their Legacy. Brighton MA: Academic Studies Press, 330 pp., in press.

Literature, History, Choice: The Principle of Alternative History in Literature (S.Y. Agnon, The City with All That is Therein). Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2013.

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‘A Small Prophecy’: Sincerity and Rhetoric in Ir u-meloa by S.Y. Agnon, in Hebrew, Bar-Ilan University Press, 2013.

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Hillel Weiss, Roman Katsman, Ber Kotlerman, eds., Around the Point: Studies in Jewish Literature and Culture, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2014.

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At the Other End of Gesture. Anthropological Poetics of Gesture in Modern Hebrew Literature, Begengung/פגישה: Jüdische Studien, Frankfurt am Main, Peter Lang GmbH, 2008.

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Poetics of Becoming: Dynamic Processes of Mythopoesis in Modern and Postmodern Hebrew and Slavic Literature, Heidelberg University Publications in Slavistics, Frankfurt am Main, Peter Lang GmbH, 2005.

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The Time of Cruel Miracles: Mythopoesis in Dostoevsky and Agnon, Heidelberg University Publications in Slavistics, Frankfurt am Main, Peter Lang GmbH, 2002.

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         Articles

 

“Bizarre Sacrifices”: The Problem of Victimhood in the Novel of Alexander Goldstein The Quiet Fields (in Russian). Novoe literaturnoe obozrenie (New literary observer), 26 pp., in press.

'Fearless Vulnerability of Nonconformism (I. Gabay, M. Grobman, G. Sapgir)' (in Russian), Toronto Slavic Quarterly, # 59 (2017). http://sites.utoronto.ca/tsq/59/index_59.shtml

Jerusalem: A Dissipative Novel by Dennis Sobolev' (in Russian). Novoe literaturnoe obozrenie (New literary review), 143 (1/2017), pp. 291-312.

“If You Be Honest and Fair”: The Problem of Sincerity and Insincerity in Literature,’ Transcultural Studies, Vol 12, No 2, 2016, 21 pp., in press.

‘Alexander Goldstein and a Novel-Chaos (“Remember Famagusta”),’ (in Russian), Voprosy literatury (Issues of literature), 24 pp., in press.

‘Beyond the Veil of the Being. The Problem of Laughter in the Stories by I. Babel,’ Russkaia literatura (Russian literature), (in Russian), 22 pp., in press.

‘Nekod Singer in Russian and Hebrew: Neoeclectism And Beyond’, Symposium: A Quarterly Journal in Modern Literatures, 32 pp., in press.

‘Tahapukhot hazman: Agnon of the Beginning of Enlightenment in Galicia in Ir umeloa,’ (in Hebrew), Collection on Jewish Enlightenment in Galicia, ed. Nathan Shifris, Shmuel Feiner and Chanan Gafni, Magnes Press, 15 pp., in press.

‘The Blue Altay: The Unknown Manuscripts of Avraam Vysotsky and the Genesis of the Novel Saturday and Sunday,’ (in Russian), Toronto Slavic Quarterly, 56 (Spring 2016). http://sites.utoronto.ca/tsq/56/index_56.shtml  

‘Books and Scripts as Symbols of Laughter in the Works of Agnon,’ (in Hebrew), Collection in honor A. Lipsker, ed. Claudia Rosentzweig and Lilakh Netanel, Bar-Ilan University Press, 20 pp, in press.

‘Ha-Pinkas ha-Nisraf: The Principle of Historical Alternativeness in ‘Ha-Mashal ve-ha-Nimshal’ by S. Y. Agnon,’ (in Hebrew),  Mikan, 24 pp., in press.

‘Network and Sacrifice in the Novel I/e_rus.olim by Elizaveta Mikhailichenko and Yury Nesis,’ Toronto Slavic Quarterly, 54 (2015), pp. 27-49.

'Etgar Keret: The Minimal Metaphysical Origin', Symposium: A Quarterly Journal in Modern Literatures, 67:4 (2013), 189-204. 

http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/Q5XKdrAJKJBynKRdhCUE/full

‘Eric Gans’ Thinking of Origin, Culture, and of the Jewish Question vis-a-vis Hermann Cohen’s Heritage,’ Journal of Jewish Thought and Philosophy, 28 pp., in press.

‘Kotesh Grisin: The Alternative History of Agnon (‘Ha-mevakshim lahem rav,’ Ir u-Meloa),’ (in Hebrew), Dappim le-Mekhkar be-Sifrut, 19, 2014, pp. 7-43.

‘Ha-Pinkas ha-Nisraf: The Principle of Historical Alternativeness in ‘Ha-Mashal ve-ha-Nimshal’ by S. Y. Agnon,’ (in Hebrew),  Mikan, 24 pp., in press.

‘The Speech of Yakov Maze in Honor of Hermann Cohen,’ (in Russian), translation and preface by Roman Katsman, in Issledovaniya po istorii russkoy mysli, vol. 10, Edited by Modest A. Kolerov and Nikolay S. Plotnikov, Moscow, Modest Kolerov, 2014, pp. 465-478.

‘Boris Pasternak’s Doctor Zhivago in the Eyes of the Israeli Writers and Intellectuals (A Minimal Foundation of Multilingual Jewish Philology),’ in Around the Point: Studies in Jewish Multilingual Literature, ed. Hillel Weiss, Roman Katsman, Ber Kotlerman, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 643-686.

Jewish Traditions: Active Gestural Practices in Religious Life', Body-Language-Communication. An International Handbook on Multimodality in Human Interaction, ed. by Cornelia Müller, Alan Cienki, Ellen Fricke, Silva H. Ladewig, David McNeill, Sedinha Tessendorf, Series of Handbooks of Linguistics and Communication Sciences, Berlin-New York, Mouton de Gruyter, 2013, 320-329.

http://www.degruyter.com/view/books/9783110261318/9783110261318.320/9783110261318.320.xml?format=EBOK

‘Miracle, Sincerity and Rhetoric in the Writing of S.Y. Agnon’ (in Hebrew), Ma’ase Sippur: Studies in Jewish Prose, vol. 3, ed. by Avidov Lipsker and Rella Kushelevsky, Ramat-Gan, Bar Ilan University Press, 2013, pp. 307-332.

‘Matvei Kagan: Judaism and the European Cultural Crisis,’ Journal of Jewish Thought & Philosophy, 21 (2013), pp. 73-103.

‘Love and Bewilderment: Matvei Kagan’s Literary Critical Concepts,’ Partial Answers. Journal of Literature and the History of Ideas, 11:1 (2013), pp. 9-28.

http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/partial_answers/summary/v011/11.1.katsman.html

‘Sincerity, Rhetoric and Representation of Miracle in Literature’ (in Hebrew), Mi’kan 12 (2012), pp. 126-143.

(With Ber Kotlerman), ‘Mordechai Nisan Kagan: Peretz un di folks-mytologie’ (Peretz and Mythology), Les Cahiers yiddish / Yidishe Heftn 168, 2012, pp. 3-7.

‘Cultural Rhetoric, Generative Anthropology, and Narrative Conflict,’ Anthropoetics 17, no. 2 (2012).

http://www.anthropoetics.ucla.edu/ap1702/1702Katsman.htm

(With Ber Kotlerman), ‘Mordechai Nisan Kagan (Matvei Isaevich Kagan): Der Fargesener Russish-Yidisher Neo-Kantianer,’ preface to: Matvei Kagan, ‘Ivan Sergeevich Turgenev,’ (in Yiddish), Yerushalaimer Almanac 29 (2012), pp. 433-442.

 ’The Unrealized Cantors: The Community Rhetoric of S. Y. Agnon’ (in Hebrew),  Ayin Gimel: A Journal of Agnon Studies, vol. 2, 2012, pp. 131-137.

http://www.biu.ac.il/js/li/aj/ISSUE-02/articles/kastman.pdf

 ‘From Buchach to Talpiot: On the Book of Dan Laor S. Y. Agnon (2008)’, (in Hebrew), Cathedra, 140, 2011, pp. 180-183.

‘The Brit of Historical Remembrance’, Zmanim, (in Hebrew), 116, 2011, pp. 111- 113.

‘S.Y. Agnon’s Community Rhetoric: The heroism and crisis of power in two tales of gabbais (treasurers) from ‘Ir U-meloah (The City and All it Has in It)’, Hebrew Studies, 52, 2011, pp. 363-378.

http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/hebrew_studies/summary/v052/52.katsman.html

 ‘To Read by Body: Gesture Studies in Culture and Literature’ (in Hebrew), Ma’ase Sippur: Studies in Jewish Prose, vol. 2, ed. by Avidov Lipsker and Rella Kushelevsky, Bar Ilan University Press, 2009, pp. 373-404.

  ‘Gesture in Literature: Cognitive Processing and Cultural Semiosis (Case Study in Agnon’s Stories)’, (in Hebrew), The Jerusalem Studies in Hebrew Literature, 22 (2008), pp. 407-436.

‘The Problem of Spontaneous Gestures in the Bible. A Case Study of Gestural Poetics’, (in Hebrew), Mikan 9 (2008), pp. 80-96.

‘An Invisible Gesture of A Jester: Body and Machine in The Idiot by F.M. Dostoevsky’, Toronto Slavic Quarterly 26 (2008).

http://www.utoronto.ca/tsq/26/katsman26.shtml

 ‘Poetics of Gestures in the Writing of Milorad Pavic (Dictionary of Khazars)’ (in Hebrew), Dappim: Research in Literature 16-17, 2007-2008 , pp. 383-400.

 ‘Gestures Accompanying Torah Learning/Recital Among Yemenite Jews’, Gesture: The International Journal for the Interdisciplinary Study of Gestures and Nonverbal Communication (John Benjamins Publishing), 7:1 (2007), pp. 1-19.

 ‘The Dance of Myths: Mythopoesis and Narrative Ethics’, (in Hebrew), Ma’ase Sippur: Studies in Jewish Prose, vol. 1, ed. by Avidov Lipsker and Rella Kushelevsky, Bar Ilan University Press, 2005, pp. 431-446.

  ‘Anthropoetic Gesture. A Key to Milorad Pavić’s Poetics (Landscape Painted with Tea)’, Toronto Slavic Quarterly 12 (2005),

 ‘The Memory of the Body: The Novel-Myth by Meir Shalev Be’veito Be’midbar’, (in Hebrew), Dappim: Research in Literature, vol. 14-15, 2005, pp. 269-291.

  ‘Personality, Ethics and Ideology in the Postmodern Mythopoesis by Etgar Keret’ (in Hebrew), Mi’kan, 4 (January 2005), pp. 20-41.

 ‘The Myth of Myth-Creation in Ido ve-Eynam by Agnon’, (in Hebrew), Criticism & Interpretation (Bar Ilan University), 35-36 (2002), pp. 231-245.

‘The Miracle of Literature: An Ethical-Aesthetical Theory of Mythopoesis’, Analecta Husserliana LXXV (2002), pp. 211-231.

 ‘Personal-Historical Conception of Myth in Forevermore by Agnon’ (in Hebrew), Alei-Siah 45 (Summer 2001), pp. 53-63.

‘Generative Anthropology in the Works by Agnon’ (in Hebrew), Proceedings of the 13 Congress of the World Union for Jewish Studies, 2001, http://www.lekket.com/articles/003000088.pdf.

 ‘Dostoevsky’s A Raw Youth: Mythopoesis as the Dialectics of Absence and Presence’, The Dostoevsky Journal: An Independent Review 1 (2000), pp. 85-95.

‘Crime and Punishment: Face to Face’ (in Russian), Dostoevsky i mirovaja kultura/Dostoevsky and the World Culture, N. 12 (1999), pp. 165-176.

http://www.utoronto.ca/tsq/12/katsman12.shtml.

 

Courses

         Philosophy of History in Agnon’s Works                                  

         A History of Aesthetics

         History and Myth: The Work of Agnon

         Rhetoric and Sincerity in Agnon

         Languages of the Modern Literature

         Body, Myth, City: From Yaakov Steinberg to Etgar Keret

         Gestures Poetics in the Modern Literature

         A Theory of Poetry

         Shmuel Yosef Agnon and Chaim Hazaz

Books

Books: 

Nostalgia for a Foreign Land: Studies in Russian-Language Literature in Israel (2016)

 

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"נבואה קטנה": כנות ורטוריקה בעיר ומלואה לש"י עגנון

"A Small Prophecy": Sincerity and Rhetoric in Ir u-meloa by S. Y. Agnon

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Table of Contents in English

Table of Contents in Hebrew

 

Literature, History, Choice:

The Principle of Alternative History in Literature (S.Y. Agnon, The City with All That is Therein)

 

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At the Other End of Gesture

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Poetics of Becoming

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The Time of Cruel Miracles

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