University of California, Davis
Albert J. Wood Fellowship

Research Topic

The Repressed David


Eva Mroczek is Assistant Professor in Jewish Studies and Religious Studies at Indiana University Bloomington. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Toronto in 2012. Professor Mroczek studies texts and traditions of Ancient Judaism, including the Hebrew Bible, the Dead Sea Scrolls, and para-biblical texts, with a special interest in the development and interpretation of prophecy, prayer, and lament literature in Second Temple Jewish culture. Her research investigates the concept of writing itself in the ancient Jewish imagination, in a scribal culture whose categories and definitions for understanding texts were quite different from those of modern “book culture.” Her current book project is entitled "The Literary Imagination in Jewish Antiquity." Using the collection and reception of psalms as a case study, it considers how one might speak of a literary tradition before categories of “Bible” and “book” had emerged.



Exploring aspects of internal life that lie beyond reason—emotions and feelings, the unconscious, sensation, imagination, impulse, intuition, and the nonrational dimensions of reason itself.