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Oded Nir Visiting Assistant Professor

Oded Nir received his PhD from the department of Comparative Studies at Ohio State University. In his research, he explores how socio-economic transformations are registered in Zionist and Israeli literature and culture, focusing in particular on the relation between social antagonism and aesthetic form. His work draws heavily on Marxist theory and critical theory more generally. His book, Signatures of Struggle (forthcoming in October 2018 from SUNY Press), explores this relation in three moments of transformation in Israeli literature: the 50s, the 80s, and today, challenging received interpretations of these literary-historical periods. He is the co-editor of an edited volume on Materialist criticism of Israeli culture, forthcoming from Indiana University Press, and a Special Issue of Rethinking Marxism on Palestine/Israel and Marxism. His essays have appeared in several journals, including Journal of Modern Jewish Studies, Prooftexts, Criticism, Mediations and Rethinking Marxism. Oded is currently working on two new book projects: the first is titled Israel as World Reduction, which explores contemporary Israeli film and literature, and the way they are read outside Israel. And another book on the representation of revolutionary transformation, provisionally titled On Revolutionary Self Representation. Oded is also the Editor of the peer-reviewed quarterly CLCWeb: Comparative Literature and Culture.

  • At Vassar since 2018

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