Dr. Maurice Ebileeni

Buber Fellow: 
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Academic interests: 

World Literature (international canonization, postcolonial theory, and (for lack of a better term) globalization theory with emphasis on Arjun Appadurai, Jan Nedeveen Piertese, and Simon Gikandi ;
Palestinian World Literature (Anglophone, Latinate, and Hebrew literature by authors of Palestinian descent in the Americas, Europe, and Israel).
Modernist Literature (Joseph Conrad, James Joyce, William Faulkner);
Psychoanalytic Theory (Jacques Lacan);
Critical Theory (Gilles Deleuze and Peter Sloterdijk);

Current Projects: 

The abundant scholarship on Palestinian communities mostly focus on their problems within local contexts. That is, the conditions of the refugee camps are viewed against the backdrop of the various host countries’ political climate, conditions of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank are viewed against the background of the Israeli military occupation, and communities in the Americas, Europe, and Israel are respectively viewed as immigrant and indigenous minorities, existing among local majorities. Scholars have rarely examined the proliferations of these communities in an attempt to demarcate their cultural similarities and distinctions in relation to one another. My research emphasizes the growing cultural diversities among the scattered Palestinian communities both at “home” and in the diaspora, and examines how transnational processes of cultural exchange (virtually, visually, and textually) among these communities unsettle the dominant national narrative that have so far immutably existed in separate local contexts.

Curriculum Vitae: 

Martin Buber Society of Fellows in the Humanities and Social Sciences, Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Postdoctoral Research Fellow (2014-).
Research Project: : “Palestinian Writings in the World”

Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Ph. D. in English Literature (2007-2012).
Doctoral Dissertation: “Symptoms of the Real in Joseph Conrad’s and William Faulkner’s Fiction.”
Doctoral Advisor: Professor Shuli Barzilai.

University of Haifa.
M.A. in English Literature (2003).
Thesis: “The Conradian Symptom: The Threat of the Real.” Summa Cum Laude.
Thesis Advisor: Professor Daphna Erdinast-Vulcan.

University of Haifa.
Teaching License (2003).

University of Haifa.
B.A. in English Literature (2000).


Danish (mother tongue): Speak, read, and write fluently.
Arabic (mother tongue): Speak, read, and write fluently.
English (mother-tongue fluency): Speak, read, and write fluently
Hebrew (fluent): Speak, read, and write fluently.

Fellowships and Prizes
  • The Annenberg Fellowship 2008-9: The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
  • The Dickens Project Prize 2009: The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
  • The Bruce Harkness Young Conrad Scholar Award 2009: The Joseph Conrad Society of America.
  • The Martin Buber Postdoctoral Fellowship 2014-15: The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Conferences and Others
  • “The Emergence of a New Paternal Specter.” Seminar Study Group organized at The Dickens Universe annual convention. University of California, Santa Cruz, U.S. 1st-8th August, 2009. Attended The Joseph Conrad Society of America banquet dinner to accept The Bruce Harkness Young Conrad Scholar Award at the MLA annual convention. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania U.S. 27th-31st December, 2009.
  • “From Symptom to Sinthome: A Discourse of Psychosis.” Presented at the ACLA annual Convention. New Orleans, Louisiana U.S. 1st-4th April, 2010.
  • “Confronting the Nonsensical: Narrations of Survival.” (Organizer) Presented at the ACLA annual convention. Brown University: Providence, Rhode Island U.S. 29th March - 1st April, 2012.
  • “Palestinian Prose in the Global Context.” Presented at the ACLA annual convention. New York University: New York U.S. 20th-23rd March, 2014.
  •   “Becoming Palestinian, Becoming Israeli in Susan Abulhawa’s Mornings in Jenin and Sayed Kashua’s Second Person Singular.” Presented at the annual conference of the School of Literature of the Hebrew University. Jerusalem, Israel. 9th-10th March 2015.  “Heidegger.” Seminar Study Group with Professor Simon Crichtley organized by the Institute for Critical Social Inquiry. New York, U.S. 14th-21st June 2015 . 
  • “The Problem of Nonsense from Conrad to Faulkner.” Presented at the Joseph Conrad Societys (UK) 41st Annual Conference. London (Polish Cultural Center, Westminster) UK. 2nd-4th July 2015.[1]


Membership in Professional Societies
  • Member of the Modern Language Association since 2009.
  • Member of American Comparative Literature Association since 2010.
  • Member of The Joseph Conrad Society of America 2009-2012.
  • “Israeli Representations of an Arab Intellectual.” Arena Journal no. 20, 2003.
  • “Domination and Things We do not See.” (Arabic). Mada Akhar no. 2, 2006.
  • “In a Parallel Universe Where I am a Syrian Refugee.” Mondoweiss. 16 September 2015. Web. http://mondoweiss.net/2015/09/parallel-universe-refugee
Articles in Refereed Journals
  • “Benjy’s Howl: From Symptom to Sinthome in William Faulkner’s The Sound and the Fury.” E-rea [Online], 12.1 | 2014, Online since 15 December 2014, connection on 15 December 2014. URL : http://erea.revues.org/3949 ; DOI : 10.4000/erea.3949
  • (Under Review by PMLA) “Anglophone, Latin, and Hebrew Palestinian Writings: Toward a Minor (Global) Literature.” (In Progress)
  • “Becoming Palestinian, Becoming Israeli, in Susan Abulhawa’s Mornings in Jenin and Sayed Kashua’s Second Person Singular.”
  • (In Progress) “Female Novelists in Palestinian Minor Literatures.”
  • (Under Review by Comparative Literature Studies) “Palestinian Writings in the World: A Polylingual Literary Category between Local and Transnational Realms.”

  • (Under Review by Comparative Literature) “Becoming the Israeli Doppelgänger in Susan Abulhawa’s Mornings in Jenin and Sayed Kashua’s Second Person Singular.”[1]

  • (In Progress) “Virtual and Borrowed Returns: the Vacuum of Palestinian ‘Homecomings’.”