Princeton University
Ruth Meltzer Fellowship

Research Topic

The Uncanny and the Unconscious in Cross Representations of Israeli and Palestinian Experience


Lital Levy is an associate professor in the Department of Comparative Literature at Princeton University. She teaches courses in Hebrew and Arabic literatures, world literature, and critical theory. Her research encompasses Hebrew, Arabic, and Anglophone literatures and cultures, with special interest in zones of contact between Arabic and Hebrew. 

Levy earned her PhD at the University of California, Berkeley. She has taught at the Institute for World Literature at Harvard University and the Yiddish Book Center.

Selected publications

  • The Jewish Nahda: An Arab-Jewish Intellectual History (Stanford University Press, forthcoming) 
  • Poetic Trespass: Writing between Hebrew and Arabic in Israel/Palestine (Princeton University Press, 2014) 



Delving into the meaning of modernity beyond the European, American, and Israeli contexts, looking instead to North Africa, the Levant, the Arabian Peninsula, and Central and South Asia.


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.