Maurice Ebileeni

Dr. Maurice Ebileeni

Maurice Ebileeni

Comparative Literature

Modernist Literature
World Palestinian Literature
Postcolonial and Globalization Theory
Psychoanalytic Theory

 

Current Projects: 

My current research examines how Palestinian literary productions have surmounted their circumscribed position within the Arabic context. Looking beyond the Gaza Strip, the West Bank, and the Arab diaspora, it is a sine-qua-non condition to recognize artistic expressions of Palestinian experiences articulated in English, Spanish, Italian, Danish, and Hebrew, among other languages from the Americas, Europe, and Israel. The critical move of interlacing literary productions by Palestinian authors in different languages is necessary in the case of Palestinian literature, since it amalgamates works that represent diverse deterritorialized experiences in the absence of a successful nation-building project. My contention is that these writings are critically important insofar as they expand the scope of the linguistic-cultural framework whereby it is possible to express and interpret today’s increasingly diverse Palestinian experiences.

Curriculum Vitae: 

Fellowships and Grants:

  • The ISF Grant 2018-2021: Israel Science Foundation.

  • The MAOF Grant for Outstanding Young Researchers 2017-2020: Council for Higher Education, Israel.

  • The Martin Buber Postdoctoral Fellowship 2014-17: The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Prizes:

  • The Bruce Harkness Young Conrad Scholar Award 2009: The Joseph Conrad Society of America.

  • The Dickens Project Prize 2009: The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

  • The Annenberg Fellowship 2008-9: The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Education:

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.”

Languages
  • 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 Society’s (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.

Publications: 

Books:

  • Conrad, Faulkner, and the Problem of Nonsense (Bloomsbury Academic, 2015)

  • Being There, Being Here: Palestinian Writings in the World (Forthcoming)

Peer-reviewed articles

  • 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.

  • “Palestinian Writings in the World: a Polylingual Literary Category Between Local and Transnational Realms.” Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies. Vol. 19. no. 2, 2017: 258-282. On the internet since 20 October 2016. DOI:10.1080/1369801X.2016.1231590.

  • “Literary Trespassing in Susan Abulhawa’s Mornings in Jenin and Sayed Kashua’s Second Person Singular.” Comparative Literature Vol. 69 no. 2, 2017: 222-237. DOI: 10.1215/00104124-3865413

  • “When the Exile Brings a Key: the Poetics of Palestinian “Homecomings.” (Hebrew). OT, Vol. 7, Spring 2018.

  • “Breaking the Script: the Generational Conjuncture in the Anglophone Palestinian Novel” Journal of Postcolonial Writing Vol. 55 no. 5: 628-641. URL: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/17449855.2019.1626588

Presentations (selection)

  • “The Palestinian Nation and its Women across Borders and Generations.” ACLA annual convention. Georgetown University, Washington DC. 7th-10th Mar, 2019.

  • “When the Exile Brings a Key.” Talk for the departments of Comparative Literature and Near Eastern Studies. Duke University, Durham. 5th March 2019.

  • “Leaving Palestine.” (Workshop Global History, Literature, and Culture). Freie Universität Berlin, 14 February, 2019.

  • “What the Sea brought to Palestine.” (Workshop Global History, Literature, and Culture). University of Haifa, 13 December, 2018. 

  • (Invited) “1948 in Israel and Palestine.” (Workshop). Institute for Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies, University of Massachussetts, Amherst. 4th-6th Oct, 2018.

  • “Literary Solidarities among Palestinian Women Authors in the Diaspora.” ACLA annual convention. University of California, Los Angeles. 29th Mar-1st Apr, 2018.

  • (Invited) “‘Our’ English Department.” The Annual Conference of the Study of English Literatures in Israel (SELI). Bar Ilan University, 1 February, 2018.

  • (Invited) “Palestinian Writings in the World.” Colloquium in the Program for Hermeneutics and Cultural Studies, Bar Ilan University. 23rd Jan, 2018.

  • “The Anglophone Palestinian Novel.” (also organizer with Dr. Shai Ginsburg (Duke University) of the seminar “Dis-connect? Re-Assembling the Israeli-Palestinian Encounter Anew”). ACLA annual convention. University of Utrecht, Netherlands. 6th-9th July 2017.

  • “The Palestinian Story in English!” The Inaugural Conference of the Study of English Literatures in Israel (SELI). The University of Haifa, Port Campus. 8th-9th February, 2017.

  • (Invited) “Borrowed Palestinian Returns between Memory and Narration.” ACLA annual convention. Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachussetts, U.S. 17th-20th March 2016.