Dr. Rachel Albeck-Gidron

Dr. Rachel Albeck-Gidron
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Bar-Ilan University, Faculty of Jewish Studies, Department of Hebrew Literature

Senior Lecturer. Modern & Postmodern Hebrew Literature, Continental Philosophy, Aesthetics & Poetics.


Stanford University, Taube Center for Jewish Studies, visiting associate professor.

2012, February-August,   

Osaka University, Research Fellow, Graduate School of Letters,.



Bar-Ilan University, PhD, Comparative Literature With Highest Distinction (Suma Cum Laude).

Subject of doctoral dissertation: Leibniz’s Monad Theory as a Poetic Platform for Modernist Literature in the 20th Century.


Bar-Ilan University, Master’s, Comparative Literature, With Distinction (Magna Cum Laude)


Bar-Ilan University, Bachelor’s, Philosophy and Comparative Literature (With Honors).







High score from the Israeli  Academy of  Sciences Foundation (ISF) for “The Third Text: A Synoptic Edition of Sefer haMatkonet v’haDmut by Uri Zvi Greenberg”


Bar-Ilan University Doctoral Committee Award


Lady Edith Wolfson Foundation Excellence Award



Lady Edith Wolfson Foundation Excellence Award

The Israel Culture Project at Stanford University and Taube Center for Jewish Studies Stipend


Academic positions

Date position assumed



Senior Lecturer




Special seminars

Manner of participation

Summer 2003

Studies in Tibetan Buddhism in the school of the Tibetan colony in Himachal-Pradesh, India

Summer 2003

Studies in meditation and Zen Buddhism, Tushita Meditation Centre, Himachel-Pradesh, India


Conferences organizer


January 7-9, 2002

Bar-Ilan University International Symposium: “Traces, Folds, and Splits: Types of Continuities in the Literature of the Jewish People”

Spring 2002

Session on the works of Yoel Hoffman at the National Association of Professors of Hebrew (NAPH) Annual 2002 Conference on Hebrew Language, Literature, and Culture

June 20, 2008

International Workshop for Ashkenazi Pronunciation, Bar-Ilan University & Stanford university.


Editorial board membership

Member since 2004, Bikoret u’Parshanut (Criticism and Interpretation), Journal for Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Culture, Bar-Ilan University Press

Public Activity

The Education Ministry Comity for Public Culture Sal Tarbut.


Teaching experience

Introductory courses in Hebrew literature and comparative literature:

Writing an Academic Paper & Library Instruction



Books authored

  1. The Century of the Monads: Leibniz’s Metaphysics and the Modernism of the 20th Century. Bar-Ilan University Press, Ramat Gan, 2007. [in Hebrew].
  2. Shamanism and Literary Criticism, Resling Publishing, [in Print, in Hebrew].



Chapters in books

  1. “The ‘Third Text’: The Theoretical and Methodological Principle in the   Research of Comparative Versions of Berdichewsky’s Urva Parach, Sedan: Studies in Hebrew Literature (Avner Holtzman Ed.), Vol. 4, p. 323-352, Tel Aviv University, 2000.
  2.  "Shamanism and Poetry: Dalia Rabikovitch's Writings as a Test Case", in:  A Selection of Studies on Dalia Rabikovitch's writings, (Hmutal Zamir and Tamar Hess Ed.) Heksherim Center, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev & Keter Publishing House, (in print) 12 pages.
  3.  Annotated Introduction [in] Uri Nissan Gnessin, Besides & Other Stories, New Milford, CT, USA: Toby Press (Introduction pp. VII-XXX), 2005.
  4.  [with Avidov Lipsker] “Gnizin Elef Heichalin de-Chsifin: An Index to Uri Zvi Greenberg’s footnotes to Book of Zohar” in: Uri Zvi Greenberg - Studies. (Hannan Hever Ed, Bialik Institute, 2008. pp. 245-292.
  5.  [with Avidov Lipsker] “Kad Havina Talia: On the Poetic Mystical Language in Uri Zvi Greenberg’s Poetry”, in: Studies on the Works of Uri Zvi Greenberg (Hannan Hever Ed., Bialik Institute, 2008. pp. 224-244.
  6.  "Yoel Hoffmann's Monograph", in: The Lexicon of Israeli Writers, Heksherim Institute for Research of Hebrew Literature, Ben Gurion University. [in print. in Hebrew].



  1. “How One Smiles with Dolores: On the Faculties of Observation and Their Presence in the Humorous Patterns of Yoel Hoffman’s ‘How do you do Dolores?’” Zafon 6, Annual of the Association of Hebrew Writers, (2000) pp.33-48
  2. “Phatic and Non-Phatic Ideas”, Bikoret u’Parshanut 37, Language, Thought, and Culture (2003), p. 195-206.
  3. “Exiled and Suppressed Voices: On the Ashkenazic Pronunciation of Hebrew as a Postmodern Question,” Jerusalem Studies in Hebrew Literature 19, Magnes Press, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, pp.65-91 [in Hebrew]
  4. “Where is This Homeland Where Hoffmanese Is Spoken? On Genre and the Community in Yoel Hoffmann’s Epics”, Zafon 7, Annual of the Association of Hebrew Writers, pp. 40-50 [in Hebrew]
  5. “Totem and Blindness in Israel of 1998: The Cultural Selection Processes Represented by A.B.Yehoshua’s The Liberating Bride, Mikkan 4, Journal for the Research of Hebrew Literature, Ben-Gurion University Press, pp. 5-19. [in Hebrew]
  6. “The Draft Renounced by History: Appelfeld’s The Journey Into Winter and the Radiance of Noah’s Ark as a Healing Discourse”, Mikan 5, Journal for the Research of Hebrew Literature Cambridge University Press and Ben-Gurion University Press, (January 2005), pp. 57-67. [in Hebrew]
  7. “Everything Has a Name, and For the Name Itself, There’s a Name: Onomatopoeia as a Wish in Yoel Hoffmann’s The Heart is Katmandu” in Bikoret u-Parshanut 37, Language, Thought, and Culture (2004) pp. 195-206. [in Hebrew]
  8. “On the Question of ‘Who is a Hebrew Writer?’ and On the Hebraism of Yoel Hoffmann’s Writings”, Proof Texts, A Journal of Jewish Literary History, New York: J.T.S, 14 pages [in print, in English]
  9. "Per se stesso: Il responsabile delle risorse uname, l'ultimo di una sequenza " Lopera Litteraria Di A.B. Yehoshua [in Italian], p. 15-15., Einaudi ,2007.
  10. "Nationality and Addressees: the case of Yoel Hoffmann", Bikoret u-Pashanut, Aesthetics and Poetics, 42, 2010. pp. 294-310. [in Hebrew].
  11. ''Die Persiflage abendländicher Philosophie im Werk Yoel hoffmanns'',             Schriften der Gesellschart für europäische–jüdische Literature, Band 2: Rück-blick auf Deutschland, Anat Feinberg (HG.) Breet+k, Edition text+kritik, Munchen, 2009. pp. 132-150.
  12. ''Who Accompanies You? – On Certain Recurring Paradigms in the Woks of A.B. Yehoshua'', in: Intersecting Perspectives: Essays on A.B. Yehoshua's Oeuvre, Ed. Amir Banbaji, Nitza Ben-Dov and Ziva Shamir, Hakibutz Hameuchad, Poalim, (Academically peer-reviewed), 2010. pp. 337-345. [in Hebrew].
  13. ''A Mental Library, Textuality and Community Affiliation: The Work of Ronit Matalon as a National Voice'', Jerusalem Studies in Hebrew Literature, The Hebrew University Magnes Press, 23 pp. [in Hebrew, submitted].
  14. ''The Lexicon and the Flood: Aaron Appelfeld and the Discourse of Survivors from the First Arc'', From Myself to Myself, New Readings of Aharon Appelfeld's Writings, Bar Ilan University press,  9 pp. [in Hebrew, in print].
  15. "The Holocaust as a Transformed Presence in Yoel Hoffmann's Texts", PaRDes , Journal of the Association of Jewish Studies, 29 pages,  [in print].
  16. ''The Politics of Ashkenazi Pronunciation'', Poetics Today: A Journal for Theory and Analysis of literature and Communication, Porter institure, Tel Aviv University, ed. Hanna Wirth-Nesher.  20 pages [in print].


Non-refereed articles

“I’ll Tell You Crazy Words, Pay insane Attention to Them: A Review of Yoel Hoffmann’s The Shunra and the Schmetterling”. ha-Aretz Weekend Supplement p. 6, Nov. 4, 2001.




Papers presented


Date presented
Conferences and papers

June 3, 1997

Department Colloquium, BIU Jewish Literature Dept.

“Leibniz’s Monad Theory as a Model for Ontological Positions of Images in the Modern Novel”

April 7, 1998

Annual Inter-University Conference of the Israeli Aesthetics Society: “Theory, Criticism, and Aesthetic Evaluation: On the Positions and Roles of Aesthetic Theories; “Leibniz’s Monad Theory as a Poetic Infra Structure of  Modern Literature”

May 26, 1998

Symposium, Department of Comparative Literature, BIU: “Monadology as  State of Mind”

June 30, 1999

Yoel Hoffmann Study BIU: “Reversed Onomatopoeia in the Language of Yoel Hoffmann”

Aug. 12-17, 2001

13th International Congress for Jewish Studies, Jerusalem: “The ‘Other Hebrew’: Ashkenazic Pronunciation in Contemporary Hebrew Discourse”. As Congress Chair: “Literature and Ideology: Research Aspects of Israeli Children’s Literature”

Spring 2002

Annual Conference of the National Association of Professors of Hebrew Language, Literature, and Culture (NAPH): “Where is this Homeland Where Hoffmannese is Spoken? The  Origin of Hoffmann’s Epic Lexicon”

April 29, 2002

Conference on A.B. Yehoshua, BIU: “Writings From  The Basement: On Two Primordial Imperatives in Yehoshua’s The Liberating Bride

April 3-6, 2003

University of Cambridge and Ben-Gurion University:

The World of Aharon Appelfeld: “The Draft Renounced by History: “Appelfeld’s Journey Into Winter” and The Radiance of Noah’s Ark as a Healing Discourse”

May 5, 2003

Orly Castel-Bloom Symposium , BIU: “The Hebrew Parole and the City: The Literary Work of Orly Castel-Bloom”

April 18-21, 2005

Sguardi Incrociatti Convegno Sull’opera Letteraria Di A.B. Yehoshua, Universitta’ Ca’ Foscari Di Venezia Dipartamento di Studi Eurasiatic, “Per se stesso: Il responsabile delle risorse umane, l’ultimo di una sequenza” Venezia

June 2005


National Association of Professors of Hebrew (NAPH) Annual Conference on Hebrew Language, Literature, and Culture:

“Narrative and Nonsense in Yoel Hoffman’s writings”, Stanford University

March 2006

Colloquium on American Hebrew Literature: "Shimon Halkin's Ad Mashber (The Crisis), and the Urban Experience",  Jewish Theological Seminary, New York

December 2006

38th Annual Conference of the Association for Jewish Studies: "Textual Locality in Hoffmann's  Writings", San Diego.


March 2007

"The Holocaust as a Transformed Presence in Yoel Hoffmann's Texts".  An International Conference, "History as Reflected in Israeli Literature", UCLA, Los Angeles.


March 2007

"This which is not one: Femininity, Masculinity and Photography in Yoel hoffmann's Poetry", Stanford University, International Conference on Hebrew Poetry in Cultural Context.


April 2007

"Visuality and  Textuality in the Works of Yoel Hoffmann",  University of California, Berkeley. A lecture in the Jewish Studies Colloquium Series.


November 2008

"Rück-Blick auf Deutschland: Ansichten hebräischer Autoren", Internationale Tagung der Hochschule für Jüdische Studien (HFJS), Heidelberg und des Heksherim-zentrums an der Ben Gurion Universität. Heidelberg, Germany.


June 2008

"The Politics of Ashkenazi Pronunciation", Tel Aviv University, an international conference: Yiddish: Between Languages and Theories.


December 2009

''The Poetics of Prose and the Politics of Poetry'', Association for Jewish Studies International Conference 2009.




Undergraduate and graduate courses in comparative literature:

  1. Literature as a Literary Topic: Theory and Criticism
  2. Modernism and Postmodernism Hebrew Literature


Advanced courses in comparative literature:

  1. Structuralism: Theory and Criticism
  2. The Monadological Novel: Interdisciplinary Course in Literature and Philosophy


Courses in Hebrew literature for undergraduate and graduate students:

  1. The Hebrew Short Story at the Turn of the Century
  2. Diaspora and Migration, Romance and Modernism in the Works of Micah Joseph Berdichewsky
  3. The Writers of the Revival Generation: M.Z. Feierberg, Y.H. Brenner, and U.N. Gnessin


Graduate courses in Hebrew literature:

  1. East and West in Yoel Hoffmann’s Prose
  2. Hebrew and Western Identity in the Hebrew Short Story
  3. Modernism and Postmodernism in Contemporary Israeli Literature
  4. The Debate About the Prosodic Form in Hebrew Poetry