Levinsky College and Achva College, Israel

Research Topic

The Sense of Smell in Modern Hebrew Literature


Yael Balaban received her Ph.D. from the Department of Hebrew Literature at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel, where she studied representations of sensory experiences and their significance in the prose of Shulamith Hareven. She received her M.A. from the same department and B.F.A. from Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem. She currently teaches literature at Levinsky College of Education and her research interests include sensory representations in literature, literary representations of art and music, and Modern Hebrew fiction.



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.