Dr. Michal Ben-Horin

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Dr. Michal Ben-Horin
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Michal Ben-Horin received her Ph.D. in Cultural Studies from Tel Aviv University and holds degrees in Comparative Literature and the Academy of Music in Tel Aviv. A Research Fellow in German-Jewish Studies at the U of Pennsylvania Center for Advanced Judaic Studies (2009/10), Zentrum für Literatur- und Kulturforschung Berlin (2006), and a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Haifa (2005). She received the Council for Higher Education Rotenstreich Scholarship (2002/3), Franz Rosenzweig Fellowship (2004), The Minerva Fellowship (2007), a Research Grant of the City of Vienna and the HUJI European Forum (2011) and a Research rant of the Minerva Institute for German History at TAU (2013).

Dr. Ben-Horin taught at the University of Florida, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Tel Aviv University courses on German and Austrian literatures, Modern Jewish and Israeli Literature, critical theory, memory poetics and gender. Since 2013 she teaches at Bar-Ilan University courses on Franz Kafka and Thomas Mann, German Romanticism, theories of literature and music, literature and testimony after the holocaust.

She is the author of Musical Biographies (De Gruyter, 2016) and co-editor with Galili Shahar of Natural History of Destruction: W. G. Sebald between Literature and History (2009). Among her articles and book chapters are: "The Secular and its Dissonances in Modern Jewish Literature," Secularism In Question (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015), "Theodor Adorno and Walter Benjamin on Art and Late Capitalism", The Languages of the Arts (Open University Press, 2015), "Nazism and Musical Biographies: Thomas Mann and Günter Grass," Criticism and Interpretation (2010), "Perceptual Distortions in Böll, Bachmann and Celan," Seeing Perception (Cambridge Scholars, 2007), "Tones of Memory in Yoel Hoffmann and W. G. Sebald," Time and Memory (Brill, 2006), "Photography and Music in Ingeborg Bachmann and Monika Maron," German Life and Letters (2006), "Musik einer Erinnerungspoetik: Fallstudie über deutschsprachige und hebräische Literatur nach '45", Weimarer Beiträge  (2004).

 

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Publications

Selected Publications

Books:

Michal Ben-Horin. Musical Biographies: The Music of Memory in Post-1945 German Literature, Berlin and Boston, Walter de Gruyter Verlag, 2016.

Michal Ben-Horin and Galili Shahar Eds. The Natural History of Destruction: W. G. Sebald Between Literature and History, Jerusalem: The Hebrew University of Jerusalem Press, 2009, 150 pp. (In Hebrew)

Chapters in Books:

Michal Ben-Horin, "The Secular and its Dissonances in Modern Jewish Literature," in: Secularism in Question: Jews and Judaism in Modern Times, Alexander Joskowicz and Ethan Katz Eds., University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015, 115-141.

Michal Ben-Horin, "Art, Society and Politics: The Aesthetic Thought of Walter Benjamin and Theodor W. Adorno," in: The Language of the Arts: Disciplines and Interdisciplinary in the Arts, Hana Herzig Ed., The Open University Press, 2015, 271-326. (In Hebrew)

Michal Ben-Horin, "The History of Hebrew Literature in Israel”, in: M. Bard and D. Nachmias Eds. Online Textbook. Israel Studies: An Anthology, (August 2009).

Michal Ben-Horin, “Musical Moments: Listening in the Work of Sebald”, in: Michal Ben-Horin and Galili Shahar Eds., Natural History of Destruction: W. G. Sebald between Literature and History, Jerusalem: The Hebrew University of Jerusalem Press, 2009, 99-115. (In Hebrew)

Michal Ben-Horin, "Seeing the Voices, Hearing the Sights: Perceptual Distortions in Böll, Bachmann and Celan," in: Seeing Perception, Silke Horstkotte, Karin Leonhard Eds., Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2007, 98-127.

Michal Ben-Horin, "Tones of Memory: Music and Time in the Prose of W. G. Sebald and Yoel Hoffmann," in: Time and Memory: The Study of Time XII, Jo Alison Parker, Michael Crawford, Paul Harris Eds., Leiden: Brill, 2006, 163-175.

Articles:

Michal Ben-Horin, "Musik einer Erinnerungspoetik: Fallstudie über deutschsprachige und hebräische Literatur nach '45", in: Weimarer Beiträg – Zeitschrift für Literaturwissenschaft, Ästhetik und Kulturwissenschften 50.3 (2004): 404-426.

Michal Ben-Horin, "Compositions of Memory: The Musical Poetics of Ingeborg Bachmann and Thomas Bernhard”, in: Dappim – Journal for Research in Literature 14-15 (2005): 363-388. (In Hebrew)

Michal Ben-Horin, "Musical Discourse and Historical Narratives in Hebrew Literature: Kenaz's Musical Moment and Shaham's The Rosendorf Quartet," in: Israel Studies Forum – An Interdisciplinary Journal 21:2 (Winter 2006): 85-101.

Michal Ben-Horin, "Memory Metonymies: Music and Photography in Ingeborg Bachmann and Monika Maron," in: German Life and Letters 59:2 (April 2006): 233-248.

Michal Ben-Horin, “Nazism and Musical Biographies: Thomas Mann and Günter Grass”, in: Criticism and Interpretation: Journal for Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Culture 43 (Spring 2010): 193-211. (In Hebrew)

Michal Ben-Horin, “Literature and the Compulsion of the Past: On the Work of Memory in German Literature after 1945”, in: Alpayim – A Multidisciplinary Journal for Contemporary Thought and Literature 32 (Winter 2008): 206-231. (In Hebrew)

Michal Ben-Horin “Working-through Tradition: Nevet Yitzhak’s Schneckentempo and A Great Joy Tonight”, in: Hamidrasha, Annual Journal of Beit Berl Academic College, 2012, 160-178. (In Hebrew) 

Michal Ben-Horin, "Musik einer Erinnerungspoetik: Fallstudie über deutschsprachige und hebräische Literatur nach '45", in: Weimarer Beiträg – Zeitschrift für Literaturwissenschaft, Ästhetik und Kulturwissenschften 50.3 (2004): 404-426.

Michal Ben-Horin, "Compositions of Memory: The Musical Poetics of Ingeborg Bachmann and Thomas Bernhard”, in: Dappim – Journal for Research in Literature 14-15 (2005): 363-388. (In Hebrew)

Michal Ben-Horin, "Musical Discourse and Historical Narratives in Hebrew Literature: Kenaz's Musical Moment and Shaham's The Rosendorf Quartet," in: Israel Studies Forum – An Interdisciplinary Journal 21:2 (Winter 2006): 85-101.

Michal Ben-Horin, "Memory Metonymies: Music and Photography in Ingeborg Bachmann and Monika Maron," in: German Life and Letters 59:2 (April 2006): 233-248.

Michal Ben-Horin, “Nazism and Musical Biographies: Thomas Mann and Günter Grass”, in: Criticism and Interpretation: Journal for Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Culture 43 (Spring 2010): 193-211. (In Hebrew)

Michal Ben-Horin, “Literature and the Compulsion of the Past: On the Work of Memory in German Literature after 1945”, in: Alpayim – A Multidisciplinary Journal for Contemporary Thought and Literature 32 (Winter 2008): 206-231. (In Hebrew)

Michal Ben-Horin “Working-through Tradition: Nevet Yitzhak’s Schneckentempo and A Great Joy Tonight”, in: Hamidrasha, Annual Journal of Beit Berl Academic College, 2012, 160-178. (In Hebrew) 

 

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Courses

 

AY 2016-2017

 

33-040 Kafka's Riddle: Text and Context

33-062 Love Discourse in Literature and Music

33-066 Romanticism and Exotic Cultures

33-052 Dangerous Play: 19th-20th Century German Theatre

33-404 Cultures of Memory: Germany and Israel after the Holocaust

33-048 Myth Transformations in Modern German Literature

 

 

Selected Courses

 

Thomas Mann between the Aesthetic and the Political

Debate in German: Literature as Arena of Conflict

Contemporary Austrian Women's Writing

Musical Readings in Modern Jewish Literature

Gender and Memory in Modern German Literature

The Voice and the Text: Theoretical and Poetic Aspects

 

 

 

 

 

 

Research

My research includes explorations in the fields of Germanistik (German and Austrian literature since the eighteenth-century) and of Comparative and Modern Jewish Literatures. Its innovation lies in interdisciplinary and intertextual thought around different mediums of representation that confront the dilemmas inherent in verbal language. This research approach integrates literary and memory studies, musicological, aesthetic, and philosophical inquiry, post-structural and critical theory. My book "Musical Biographies" demonstrates how for authors such as Thomas Mann, Günter Grass, Ingeborg Bachmann and Thomas Bernhard, music is not only tool of representation, but becomes a medium that powerfully attests to the dilemmas of handling traumatic experience.

 

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Media

 

Selected Interviews

Britta Boehle on Thomas Mann's letter to Dr. Korrodi, Interviewed on Reshet Aleph with Shiri Ben Ari (in Hebrew), 21.9.15

Thomas Mann and the Current German Literature, Interviewed on Galei Zahal with Tzipi Gon Gross (in Hebrew), 14.8.15

Guenter Grass 1927-2015. Interview on TLV1 Radio Station, 16.4.15

Heydrich's Schnellbrief: A Literary Reading and Text Analysis. Interviewed on Galei Zahal with Kobi Meydan (in Hebrew), 28.4.14

Anna Seghers on Exile and WWII. Interviewed on Haaretz with Avner Shapira (in Hebrew), 29.10.13

Forgetting One's Stasi Past: German Writer Christa Wolf's Revealing Works didn't Divulge everything, Interviewed on Haaretz with Avner Shapira, in Hebrew on Aug. 23, 2013.

Eng. Edition http://www.haaretz.com/weekend/magazine/.premium-1.544275, August 29, 2013

Nevet Yitzhak’s Schneckentempo (in Hebrew), Double Exposure Video Project, The Shpilman Institute for Photography, June 26, 2013.

Kassandras Rufe in Israel. Christa Wolfs Erzählung in Welten mit Schutzwall, Charlotte Misselwitz ed., Deutschland Radiokultur, November 25, 2012 http://www.dradio.de/dkultur/sendungen/literatur/1926290/

Elfriede Jelinek's LiebhaberInnen (in Hebrew), Radio Broadcast. Ruth Keren ed. Kol Israel Reshet Aleph, October 2004.

Thomas Bernhard's Der Untergeher (in Hebrew), Radio Broadcast. Ilana Haskel ed. Kol Israel Reshet Aleph, December 2002.

 

YouTube (Hebrew)

       Interdisciplinary Conference on Literature and Music, Bar-Ilan University, 2016

       The Medium in the Arts, Tel Aviv, 2016

       Lea Goldberg Conference, Tel Aviv University, 2011