Staff in the Department of German
Dr Yael Almog, MA, PhD The University of California, Berkeley
(email at email@example.com)
I research German literature and culture since the 1750 up until the present. I have a strong interest in theology, philosophy, and literary theory.
My first monograph Secularism and Hermeneutics appeared in June 2019 with the University of Pennsylvania Press’ series “Intellectual History of the Modern Age.” This book argues that the conceptualization of readers as a coherent collective helped late-Enlightenment thinkers present the Bible as a universal cultural asset. To establish this, I investigate biblical exegesis and aesthetics in the works of J. G. Herder, Moses Mendelssohn, Kant, Hegel, and Schleiermacher. My ongoing research explores connections between German and Hebrew literatures; hermeneutics and literary theory; and literature and political philosophy. I’m happy to supervise research students working in any of these areas.
My second book project investigates post-1945 literary and artistic presentations of Europe as a homeland for Jews. I study works by German-Jewish émigrés and by Jewish immigrants to Germany that depict the irony that ensues when, for some individuals, the Jewish exile in Europe became an exile from Europe. I ask how “fictions of return” to Europe have posed a continual challenge to political theories that view the Jewish departure from Europe as constitutive of post-war reality due to its irreversibility, such as Hannah Arendt’s accounts of totalitarianism. In presenting this project to the wider public, I often work together with artists and authors. In doing so I have collaborated with the Gorki Theatre Berlin, the Goethe Institute Amsterdam, the Tarbut Convention in Schloss Elmau, and the Jewish Museum Berlin.
Before coming to Durham I held several research posts in Germany. I was a project leader at the Martin Buber Institute for Jewish Thought and Philosophy at the Goethe University Frankfurt, where I lectured in theology. I have been a fellow in intellectual history at the Lichtenberg-Kolleg in Göttingen. I have also worked at the Center for Literary and Cultural Research Berlin (ZfL), where I researched the interdependence of literary theory and theology in the 19th and 20th centuries.
- 2019 Secularism and Hermeneutics, University of Pennsylvania Press, 216 pp.
- Forthcoming 'Georg Benjamin. Ein bürgerlicher Revolutionär im roten Wedding by Bernd-Peter Lange', Weimarer Beiträge
- 2018 'Goethe and Judaism: The Troubled Inheritance of Modern Literature by Karin Lynn Schutjer', Seminar: A Journal of Germanic Studies 54, pp. 278-280
- 2018 'In Search of the Hebrew People: Bible and Nation in the German Enlightenment by Ofri Ilany', German History 36, pp. 639–641
- 2018 'Prophecies of Language: The Confusion of Tongues in German Romanticism by Kristina Mendicino', German Studies Review 41, pp. 168-170
- 2016 'Empire of Chance: The Napoleonic Wars and the Disorder of Things by Anders Engberg Pedersen', Goethe Yearbook 23, pp. 300-302
- 2016 'Necessary Luxuries: Books, Literature, and the Culture of Consumption in Germany, 1770-1815 by Matt Erlin', Weimarer Beiträge 62, pp. 630-633
- 2016 'The Practices of the Enlightenment: Aesthetics, Authorship, and the Public by Dorothea von Mücke', Zeitschrift für deutsche Philologie 135, pp. 307-309
- 2013 'Zwischen Eros und Mitteilung. Die Frühromantik im Symposion der „Athenaeums-Fragmente“ by May Mergenthaler', MLN 128 pp. 669–671
Chapter in book
- Forthcoming 'Aesthetic Exegesis: The Hebrew Imaginary in Hamann and Herder and the Notion of Textual Comprehension', in Kokin, Daniel (ed.), Hebrew between Jews and Christians, de Gruyter.
- 2020 'Sympathy for Animals and Savages in Herder’s Treatise on the Origin of Language', in Piirimäe, Eva, Schmidt, Johannes & Steinby, Liisa (eds.), Herder on Sympathy and Empathy: Theory and Practice, Brill.
- 2018 'Herder’s Gypsies and Other Nomads', in Piasere, Leonardo & Solla, Gianluca (eds.), I Filosofi E Gli Zingari, Arcane.
- 2018 'Literary Theory', in Christine Helmer et al. (ed.), The Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception, Walter de Gruyter, pp. 823–827
- 2017 'Das Nachleben einer Opferung: zu David Grossmans eine Frau flieht vor einer Nachricht', in Priesemuth, Florian, Linke, Dörte & Schinagl, Rosa (eds.), Sprachen des Unsagbaren, Springer, pp. 165-180
- 2017 'Europe Will Be Stunned: Visualization of a Jewish Return', in Eshel, Amir & Seelig, Rachel (eds.), The German-Hebrew Dialogue: Studies of Encounter and Exchange, Walter de Gruyter, pp. 197-210
- 2016 'Cognition and the Biblical God: Herder’s Response to Leibniz', in Allert, Beate (ed.), Herder: From Cognition to Cultural Science, Synchron Press, pp. 183-196
- 2016 'Das Böse', in Weidner, Daniel (ed.), Das Handbuch für Religion und Literatur, Springer, pp. 339-343
- 2015 'Biblical Happiness', in Dale C. Allison et al. (ed.), The Encyclopaedia of the Bible and Its Reception, Walter de Gruyter, pp. 285-285
- 2015 'Hearing/Listening', in Dale C. Allison et al. (ed.), The Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception, Walter de Gruyter, pp. 518–520
- 2019 (co-edited with Michal Zamir) Zwischen den Zeilen, Passagen.
- 2017 (co-edited with Sauter, Caroline & Weidner, Daniel) Kommentar und Säkularisierung in der Moderne: Vom Umgang mit heiligen und kanonischen Texten, Verlag Wilhelm Fink, 161 pp.
- 2012 (co-edited with Erik Born) Neighbors and Neighborhoods: Living Together in the German-Speaking World, Cambridge Scholars.
- 2017 (co-authored with Caroline Sauter & Daniel Weidner) Heilige Texte in der Moderne: Lektüren, Praktiken, Adaptionen. Interjekte 11.
- 2019 'German-Jewish Studies beyond the Nation-State', The German Quarterly 92, pp. 434-435
- 2019 'Illusionary Diasporas', Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies 37, pp. 63-70
- 2019 'Jewish Diaspora and the Stakes of Nationalism: Margarete Susman’s Theodicy', Religions - Special Issue: The Book of Job: A Challenge for the Rationality of Judaism, Christianity and Islam 10.
- 2018 '“Provisionary Nomads: Trends in Contemplating Israelis’ Relationship to Europe.” (online)', Being Nomad
- 2016 'Die Judenbucheand the “Judens-buch” Hermeneutic Hindrance and Scriptural Reading in Droste-Hülshoff's Crime Novella', The German Quarterly 89, pp. 328
- 2016 'Public Rituals: Politics and Myth in David Grossman’s To the End of the Land', Politics and Religion X, pp. 231-250
- 2015 'Footnote: Commentary and/as the Story of an Oedipal Struggle', Trajekte 31 pp. 17-24
- 2015 'Migration and Its Discontents: Israelis in Berlin and Homeland Politics', TRANSIT: A Journal of Travel, Migration, and Multiculturalism in the German-speaking World, Vol 10, No. 1
- 2015 (co-authored with Sauter, Caroline & Weigel, Sigrid) 'Urszene/Ursprung. Schlüsselbegriffe der Kulturwissenschaft', Trajekte 30, pp. 4-15
- 2015 (co-authored with Caroline Sauter) 'Weltliteratur und Weltreligion: Philologie und die Entdeckung fremder Kulturen um 1800', Kritische Ausgabe - Zeitschrift für Germanistik & Literatur 28
- 2013 'Sublime Readings: The Emergence of the Aesthetic Bible in Herder’s Writings on Hebrew Poetry', The Simon Dubnow Institute Yearbook 12
- 2010 ''Flowing Myrrh upon the Handles of the Bolt': Bodily Border, Social Norms and their Transgression in the Song of Songs', Biblical Interpretation: A Journal of Contemporary Approaches 18, pp. 251
- 2019 (co-authored with Herder, Johann Gottfried) (trans.). Treatise on the Origin of Language . Resling Publishers
Translated Chapter in Book
- 2016 (co-authored with Tomer Gardi) (trans.). 'Broken German '. In GRANTA Israel. (ed.). pp. 55–66.