Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Louis Apfelbaum and Hortense Braunstein Apfelbaum Fellowship

Research Topic

Incestuous Desire: An Inner Stream in Modern Hebrew Literary Imagination


Shira Stav completed her B.A. and M.A. in the Department of Comparative Literature at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 2000. Her doctorial dissertation on the subject of Father-Daughter Relationships in Hebrew Poetry of the Sixties, was written under the supervision of Prof. Iris Parush and Dr. Hamutal Tsamir, in the Department of Hebrew Literature at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in 2007. Since completing her dissertation she has been a fellow at the Lafer Center at Hebrew University, the Taube Center at Stanford University, and the Jewish Studies Program at University of California, Santa Cruz. Since 2013 she has served as Assistant Professor in the Department of Hebrew Literature at Ben-Gurion University. In addition to her academic work, Stav is a poet and a regular contributor of book reviews to the literary supplement of the Israeli newspaper Ha’aretz. Prof. Stav received the 2009 Bernstein Prize for literary criticism, and the 2007 Teva Award for young Hebrew poets. During her fellowship at the Katz Center she will examine the manifestation of incestuous desire in Modern Hebrew literature.



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.