Comparative Literature Luncheon to feature lecture by Lital Levy on Sept. 11

September 06, 2017

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Lital Levy, associate professor of comparative literature at Princeton University, will present “Fearful Symmetries: What Does Equivalence Mean in War and in Literature” at 12:15 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 11, in 102 Kern Building.

Levy teaches Hebrew and Arabic literatures, Jewish studies, and literary theory. She obtained her doctorate in comparative literature from the University of California at Berkeley and was previously a Junior Fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows. She specializes in contact zones of modern Hebrew and Arabic. Her research encompasses literature and film from Israel/Palestine, the 19th and 20th century intellectual history of Arab Jews, the interface of Jewish literature and world literature, and the comparative study of non-Western literary modernities.

Her award-winning 2014 book, “Poetic Trespass: Writing between Hebrew and Arabic in Israel/Palestine,” examines multilingualism, translation and language politics in the literature and culture of Israel/Palestine. She is currently working on two book projects: an intellectual history of Arab Jews in the modern Arabic and Hebrew renaissance movements, and a study of spatiality and temporality in literature of the conflict.

This event is a part of the Comparative Literature Luncheon lecture series, a weekly, informal lunchtime gathering of students, faculty and other members of the University community. Each week the event begins at 12:15 p.m. — coffee, tea and light lunch fare are provided. At 12:30 p.m. there will be a presentation, by a visitor or a local speaker, on a topic related to any humanities discipline. All students, faculty, colleagues and friends are welcome. For a full list of Comparative Literature lunches, visit

The event is sponsored by the Department of Comparative Literature and the Center for Global Studies. 

Last Updated September 08, 2017