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  • דר' דורית בן-שלום

מאמרים בכתבי עת

1.      Ben Shalom D., Ronel, Z., Faran. Y., Meiri, G., Gabis, L., & Kerns, K. A. (2017). A Double dissociation between inattentive and impulsive traits, on tasks of visual processing and emotion regulation. Journal of Attention Disorders, 21, 543-553.

OBJECTIVE: To dissociate between inattentive and impulsive traits common in attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) using a non-dichotomous measurment of these traits.

METHOD: 120 university students who completed the Conner's adult ADHD rating scales (CAARS) were also tested on the Microgenesis task which requires visual attention and on the Cyber Cruiser task which requires emotion regulation.

RESULTS: Results show that a measure of inattention was specifically related to a measure of effortful visual processing condition. In addition, a measure of impulsivity was specifically related to the tendency to fail in refueling one's car on time, although this relation was opposite to the predicted direction. Furthermore, by using exploratory and confirmatory factor analyses, the CAARS' factor structure was confirmed to be relevant to an Israeli population.

CONCLUSION: The current experiment supports the idea that visual attention may play a part in inattentive symptoms, and that emotion regulation may play a part in impulsivity symptoms.


  • פרופ' איתן בר-יוסף

מאמרים בכתבי עת

1. Eitan Bar-Yosef, “Bonding with the British: Colonial Nostalgia and the Idealization of Mandatory Palestine in Israeli Literature and Culture after 1967". Jewish Social Studies, 22. 3 (Spring/Summer 2017): pp. 1-37

Since the founding of Israel in 1948, the Yishuv's campaign against British rule has been idealized as a period of bygone heroism and commitment. Beginning in the late1960s, however, this nostalgia for the pre-state, anticolonial struggle was complemented, even challenged, by a divergent nostalgic force—one that celebrates the romance of the Mandate's colonial features, yearns for the social and political opportunities made possible by the presence of the imperial regime, and ultimately laments its demise. Tracing and contextualizing expressions of this longing in Israeli literature, cinema, and theater, this article argues that “colonial" nostalgia for the Mandate is rooted in the geopolitical effects of the 1967 Arab-Israeli War: driven by a growing sense of guilt over Israel's occupation, Israeli authors have depicted Mandatory Palestine as a cosmopolitan haven in which the Israelis, restored to the status of colonial subjects, are freed from the burden of sovereignty.


2.      איתן בר-יוסף, "בצעד בטוח: ייצוגי המרחב, החברה והתרבות בישראל בסדרת הטלוויזיה 'עברית בסימן טוב' (1975)". עיונים בתקומת ישראל (סדרת הנושא), כרך 11 (קיץ 2017), עמ' 267-307.

הטלוויזיה החינוכית הישראלית, שהחלה את שידוריה במרץ 1966, פעלה במידה רבה בצלו של הערוץ הראשון, שנוסד שנתיים אחר כך (במהלך מזורז ששיקף בין היתר את תוצאות מלחמת 1967 ואת הרצון לפנות לקהל הצופים במדינות ערב). מאמר זה מתמקד באחת מתכניות הדגל של התחנה בתקופה ההיא -- סדרה ללימוד עברית בשם "עברית בסימן טוב" --  ומציע קריאה אנליטית וביקורתית של פרקי הסדרה תוך התמקדות בייצוג הגבולות, החברה והתרבות.


3.      איתן בר-יוסף, "הבטחות, הבטחות: תקופת המנדט וייצוגה בתרבות הבריטית אחרי 1948", ישראל: כתב עת לחקר הציונות ומדינת ישראל - היסטוריה, תרבות, חברה, כרך 24 (סתיו תשע"ו), עמ' 37-62.

המאמר עוסק בהתמודדותה של התרבות הבריטית אחרי 1948 עם מורשת המנדט -  ומתאר את הדרכים השונות שבהן הנצחת המנדט, או השכחתו, עיצבו יצירות ספרות, תיאטרון וקולנוע.


  • פרופ' חניטה גוטבלאט

מאמרים בכתבי עת

1. Goodblatt, Chanita and Joseph Glicksohn.  2016.  “Bidirectionality in Poetic Metaphor: William Carlos Williams and Imagist Poetry."  Versus:  Quaderni di Studi Semiotici 122:  83-99.

Bidirectionality in poetic metaphor is a concept proposed by theorists supporting an Interaction Theory of Metaphor.  The claim is that the two terms of a metaphor entail a reciprocal, bidirectional relationship, and not just one in which the primary subject (also termed the target domain) is viewed unidirectionally in terms of the secondary subject (also termed the source domain). Interaction Theory emphasizes a process model of metaphor comprehension, and considers three possibilities here:  (1) a blending of the two subjects of the metaphor; (2) each unidirectional reading exists separately; (3) a shifting between these two unidirectional readings, including the option of their blending, resulting in a bidirectional reading.  We further propose that the existence of vivid, highly grotesque, visual imagery in a poem either results in an unstable blend or prevents blending.  We look at three Imagist and post-Imagist poetic texts:  “Oread," by the poet H.D., presenting various readings found in the critical literature; and “Arrival" and “Fertile," by the poet William Carlos Williams, employing an experimental protocol to investigate metaphor comprehension of these two texts.  These two types of empirical data provide support for bidirectionality by means of several lines of evidence: different unidirectional readings of these poetic texts; a reading that indicates a blend; and the alternation of a unidirectional reading with its reciprocal unidirectional reading.


  • פרופ' מרק גלבר

פרקים בספרים

1. Mark H. Gelber,  "Max Brod und der Prager Zionismus," in Steffen Höhne, Anna-Dorothea Ludewig and Julius H. Schoeps (co-editors),  Max Brod (1884-1968). Die Erfindung des Prager Kreises (Wien, Köln, Weimar: Böhlau,  2016), 241-250.

This essay is a revised version of a lecture given at the international Max Brod Conference, held in Prague in 2014.  It analyzes Brod's Zionist writings within the context of Prague Zionisms.


2. Mark H. Gelber, “Stefan Zweig und das Judentum während seines vierten Lebens,“ in Mark H. Gelber, Elisabeth Erdem, and Klemens Renoldner (co-editors), in Stefan Zweig, Jüdische Relationen. Studien zu Biographie und Werken (Würzburg: Könighausen & Neumann, 2017), 221-236.

This essay presents a reading of the explicit and implicit aspects of Zweig's late works in American and Brazilian exile which reflect and refract his Jewish sensibility, as it came to literary expression shortly before he committed suicide in 1942.


3. Mark H. Gelber and Sami Sjoberg (co-editors), Jewish Aspects in Avant Garde. Between Rebellion and Revelation (Berlin: De Gruyter, 2017), 277 pp. 

This peer-reviewed volume investigates little known and unknown Jewish aspects of 20th century avant-garde expression, taking an international spectrum of avant-garde literature, art, music, photography, etc. into account.


4. Mark H. Gelber, Elisabeth Erdem, and Klemens Renoldner (co-editors),  Stefan Zweig: Jüdische Relationen. Studien zu Biographie und Werken (Würzburg: Könighausen & Neumann, 2017), 264 pp.

This conference volume contains the revised lectures from an international conference held in Salzburg, during which new research and new readings of his writings were presented, focusing on previously neglected Jewish-related concerns.


  • פרופ' ברברה הוכמן

מאמרים בכתבי עת

1. Barbara Hochman, "Love and Theft: Plagiarism, Blackface, and Nella Larsen's 'Sanctuary,'" American Literature 88.3 (September, 2016): 509-540.

When Nella Larsen's story “Sanctuary" appeared in the Forum in 1930, readers noted its similarity to “Mrs. Adis," a tale by the popular British writer Sheila Kaye-Smith. Scholars concur that “Sanctuary" turns a story about British class-consciousness into a story of African American race loyalty. This essay suggests that the intertextuality of Larsen's “Sanctuary" extends beyond “Mrs. Adis" to a neglected 1903 novella by Edith Wharton, also titled Sanctuary, and that in writing her last story Larsen “blackens up"—imitating, mocking, and distortedly mirroring both sources. Larsen's “Sanctuary" bitterly critiques the triumph of culture, education, and moral agency in Wharton's tale, while reworking “Mrs. Adis" to expose group solidarity as a poor substitute for autonomy, segregation in another guise. Larsen's “Sanctuary" reveals the false promises held out to African Americans by a series of values that were much recommended to them: literacy, filial devotion, Christian charity, and group allegiance.



  • פרופ' אפרים זיכר

פרקים בספרים

1. “Recasting Shakespeare's Jew in Wesker's Shylock." In Wrestling with Shylock: Jewish Responses to the Merchant of Venice. Ed. Edna Nahshon and Michael Shapiro. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017. 273-90.

מנתח את המחזה "שיילוק" לארנולד ווסקר בהקשר השיח הפוסטקולוניאלי ותגובות פוסטמודרניות ל"סוחר מוונציה" לשייקספיר.



1. Efraim Sicher, The Jew's Daughter: A Cultural History of a Conversion Narrative. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2017.

הספר היהודי ובתו: תולדותיו של נראטיב על המרת הדת עוסק בהתפתחות מרתקת של סיפור מוכר בתרבות המערבית: האב היהודי הרע והמכוער ובתו היהודייה היפהפייה שמתאהבת בנוצרי ומוכנה להמיר את דתה. למה היהודי תמיד מכוער והיהודייה היפהפייה מתנצרת? התשובה מורכבת ומשתנה לפי ההקשר ההיסטורי והאידאולוגי. זו גישה חדשנית ומגדרית לייצוג האחר באירופה מהמאה ה-12 (הבלדה על היו מלינקולן) ועד שנת 2017 (וונדרוומן). פעמים הנראטיב שימש לשיח על אמונה ואמינות (בתקופה החדשה המוקדמת, למשל אצל מרלו ושקספיר), פעמים הוא שימש לעילה לקידום או לדחייה של האמנציפציה וההשכלה (למשל בגרמניה במאה ה-18 והתחלת המאה ה-19). בתקופה המודרנית הנראטיב הושפע על ידי האוריינטליזם, בעיקר בצרפת וצפון אפריקה, ובאנגליה גירסה אחת שמשה לעלילת רומנים מיסיונרים. בכלל הנראטיב מציג שיח הנע בין האנטישמיות ובין אהבת עם ישראל שנמשך עד היום ושמשקף דעות סטראוטיפיות על היהודים והיהדות.


  • דר' אהרון לנדאו

פרקים בספרים

1. Landau, Aaron. “In the Name of the Daughter: Miscegenation in Shakespeare and Cervantes. The Context of the Americas". In Cervantes, Shakespeare: Prisma latinoamericano, lecturas refractadas. Eds. Lindsey Cordery and M. A. Gonzales (Linardi and Riso: Montevideo, 2017), 185-202.

This article examines different representations of race, gender, and miscegenation in the works of Shakespeare and Cervantes (especially in The Merchant of Venice and "la novela del capitan cautivo"  in the first volume of Don Quixote de la Mancha) and relates them to the context of the Spanish conquest of the Americas and the influence this new context had on configuring the racial and gendered Other, not only in Spain, but also in England.


  • פרופ' עידן לנדו

מאמרים בכתבי עת

1. Landau, Idan. 2016. Against the Null Comitative Analysis of Partial Control.  Linguistic Inquiry 47, 572-580.

A growingly popular analysis holds that the plural interpretation of PRO in partial control arises from associating a singular PRO with a null comitative phrase. Three novel arguments are presented to demonstrate the inadequacy of this analysis.


2. Landau, Idan. 2016. DP-internal Semantic Agreement: A Configurational Analysis. Natural Language and Linguistic Theory 34, 975-1020.

“Hybrid" nouns are known for being able to trigger either syntactic or semantic agreement, the latter typically occurring outside the noun's projection. We document and discuss a rare example of a Hebrew noun that triggers either syntactic or semantic agreement within the DP. To explain this and other unusual patterns of nominal agreement, we propose a configurational adaptation of the concord-index distinction, originated in Wechsler and Zlatić (2003). Morphologically-rooted (=concord) features are hosted on the noun stem while semantically-rooted (=index) features are hosted on Num, a higher functional head. Depending on where attributive adjectives attach, they may display either type of agreement. The observed and unobserved patterns of agreement follow from general principles of selection and syntactic locality.


3. Landau, Idan. 2016. Agreement at PF: An Argument from Partial Control. Syntax 19, 79-109.  

Controlled null subjects (PRO) are semantically bound variables that bear morphological features. In certain environments of partial control, the morphological ϕ-features (specifically, [person]) and the semantic value of PRO diverge. A natural explanation of the fact that the [person] feature of PRO is uninterpreted is that it is assigned at Phonological Form (PF). Given that this feature participates in agreement relations, we conclude that agreement must be (optionally or exclusively) a PF phenomenon.

פרקים בספרים

1. Landau, Idan. 2017. Adjunct Control Depends on Voice. In A Pesky Set: Papers for David Pesetsky, ed. by Claire Halpert, Hadas Kotek and Coppe van Urk, Cambridge, MA: MITWPL, p. 93-102.

Nonfinite adjuncts present a puzzle in that they seem to allow both Obligatory Control (OC) and Non-Obligatory control (NOC) readings, which are normally in complementary distribution. Extending the analysis of complement control, I propose that adjuncts can either project as predicative clauses, or one layer further, as logophoric clauses; each projection is uniquely paired with its own type of control. This picture allows us to state in compact terms, though not to resolve, another puzzle that was noted in the 1980s: Rationale clauses resist implicit agent control when passivized. I show that the effect is systematic and extends to other environments (copular main clauses and temporal adjuncts). The emerging generalization is that passive adjuncts resist NOC.



  • דר' אולגה קגן

    מאמרים בכתבי עת


1. Kagan, Olga, 2016. “Measurement across Domains: A unified Account of the Adjectival and the Verbal po-". Journal of Slavic Linguistics 24.2: 301 - 336.

In the recent literature on gradable predicates, it has been argued that the notion of a differential degree (one that measures the distance between two values on a scale) plays a role in the semantics of both adjectival and verbal predicates. This paper provides further evidence in favor of this claim by putting forward a unified account of the prefix po- that attaches to Russian comparative adjectives/adverbs and the attenuative po- that combines with verbs. Building on Filip's (2000) and Součková's (2004a, b) analysis of the verbal po-, it is argued that po- is a single prefix whose function is to restrict the differential degree and which applies within the verbal, adjectival, and adverbial domains. In addition, this paper investigates the interaction of this prefix with verbs lexicalizing scales of different dimensions.


2.  Kagan, Olga and Mostafa Qtit, 2016. “On the Scalar Nature of Arabic Diminutives". Brill's Journal of Afroasiatic Languages and Linguistics 8: 1-38.

This paper investigates the semantics of the Arabic diminutive (DIM) created with the use of the fu'ayl template. DIM may contribute a wide range of sub-meanings, including smallness in size, low quantity, low quality, spatial and temporal proximity, etc. We put forward a scalar analysis according to which DIM systematically maps an argument of the stem to a relatively low degree on a scale. In particular, this degree is lower than the standard of comparison, independently supplied either by the context or by the linguistic environment. The scale in question, we argue, is not lexicalized by DIM but rather contributed by the stem to which DIM applies. The contrast between the various sub-meanings of DIM is thus reduced mainly to the differences between the environments in which it appears.



  • דר' קתרין רוטנברג

מאמרים בכתבי עת

1. Catherine Rottenberg, “Neoliberal Feminism and the Future of Human Capital," Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society 42.2 (2017): 329-348. 

This paper argues that we are witnessing the rise of what I term neoliberal feminism, which interpellates young women through a promise of future work-family balance.


2. Catherine Rottenberg “The New Woman Ideal and Urban Space in Tess Slesinger's The Unpossessed," Women's Studies 45.4 (2016): 341-355.

This paper argues that Tess Slesinger's neglected novel provides insight into the urban nature of the New Woman norm.


3. Catherine Rottenberg, “Feminism's Neoliberal Turn" for a special issue (Issue 6) of Diffractions-Graduate Journal for the Study of Culture entitled: “Feminist Ghosts: The New Cultural Life of Feminism," April 2016.

This article argues that we are witnessing a righting of feminism, as soon by the rise of popular feminism in the mainstream and popular press. 


פרקים בספרים

1. Catherine Rottenberg, “Teaching Giovanni's Room in the Shadow of the Israel-Palestinian Conflict: Denaturalizing Privilege" in Tapan Basu and Tasneem Shahnaaz, eds,. Crossing Borders: Essays on Literature, Culture and Society, Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, May 2017. pp. 95-108.

This article describes potential pedagogical methods for teaching Giovanni's Room, ones that denaturalize priviliege and cultivate empathy across identities and identifications. 


2. Catherine Rottenberg, “Gloria Steinem." The American Middle Class: An Economic Encyclopedia of Progress, Santa Barbara, CA: Blackwell, 2017.

This entry gives an overview of Gloria Steinem's life and activism.