Ella Elbaz

Ella Elbaz

Israeli and Palestinian Modern Literature and Art

Contemporary Studies
Utopian and Dystopian Literature
Digital Humanities
Diaspora Studies
Arabic and Hebrew Modern Prose


Current Projects: 

My first book project, Reaching for the Far-Fetched, draws attention to the unprecedented proliferation of speculative fiction and art in both Palestinian and Israeli cultures of the past twenty years. My second project, titled Shatature: Mapping Palestinian Cultural Capital, sets out to visually chart Palestinian diasporic literature as a material system that is in constant interaction with other literary systems around the world, using computational tools and quantitative research.

Curriculum Vitae 

Fellowships and Grants 

Benaroya Postdoctoral Fellowship in Israel Studies, the Stroum Center for Jewish Studies, University of Washington, 2020-22 (awarded and declined)

Stanford Humanities Center’s Dissertation Prize Fellowship, Stanford University, 2020-21 (awarded and declined)

Association of Jewish Studies Dissertation Completion Fellowship, 2020-21 (awarded and declined)

Memorial Fund for Jewish Culture Doctoral Fellowship, 2019-20

Pigott Fellowship, Stanford University, 2017-18

Graduate Fellowship, Department of Comparative Literature, Stanford University, 2014-20


The Lea Goldberg Prize, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 2013

The Miriam and Aaron Gutwirth Foundation Scholarship, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 2013

School of Literatures Prize, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 2012-13


Stanford University

PhD, Comparative Literature, 2020

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

M.A. Magna cum Laude, General and Comparative Literature, 2014

B.A. General and Comparative Literature & Art History, 2011


Peer-reviewed articles

“The Rise of the Speculative Hebrew Novel: Contemporary Prophecies of Change,” under review.

“The Future of Temple Mount: Imagined Possibilities in Contemporary Palestinian and Israeli Art.” Dibur Literary Journal 6 (Fall, 2018): 7-17.


“Can the Future Speak? Futurity, Agency, and Voice in Palestinian Literature,” Futurity Beyond the West, Society of Oriental and African Studies, London, July 2019

“Modification and Decentralization: Three Poetic Strategies in Contemporary Palestinian Culture,” The University of Michigan and the Tel Aviv University Annual Workshop, Tel Aviv University, May 2019

“Vanished: The Presence of Absent(ee)s in Palestinian Prose,” American Comparative Literature Association, Georgetown University, Washington DC, March 2019

“The Limits of Probability and the Shortsightedness of Imagination: The Case of Future Jerusalem,” Contemporary Visions of the Future, EHESS, Paris, March 2018

“Conceiving New Horizons in Contemporary Israeli and Palestinian Art,” ASAP/9: The Arts of the Present, UC Berkeley, October 2017

“The Unimaginable Future, Imagined: Palestinian and Israeli literary Prophecies,” The Prophetic Word: Poetry, Philosophy and Theology in Conversation, Oxford University, September 2017

“Reconstituting the Self Through Love: The figure of Rita in the Poetry of Mahmoud Darwish,” Interfaith Love: Love, Sex and Marriage in the Islamicate World from the Middle Ages to the Present, The University of Leiden, June 2016

“The Death Motif as an Interpretive Key to Yoel Hoffmann’s language in The Shunra and the Schmetterling,” The National Association of Professors of Hebrew, Brown University, Providence, June 2016

“The Prophet in Paris: Shaping the Present through Words, Images and Bullets,” The Prophetic Workshop, Stanford University, May 2016

“The Last Works of Marguerite Duras and Clarice Lispector,” The Graduate Forum on the Novel, Stanford University, November 2015