Ariel Horowitz

Ariel Horowitz

Ph.D. Student in Comparative Literature, admitted Autumn 2021
Research Assistant to Prof. Eshel, Comparative Literature
2020: M.A. Summa Cum Laude, Comparative Literature, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
2017: B.A., Comparative Literature and Philosophy, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Ariel Horowitz is a Ph.D. student in Comparative Literature, focusing on Jewish literature in the second half of the twentieth century, and the ways Jewish writers in post-1945 America and post-1948 Israel-Palestine cultivate their understandings of history, memory, and working through the past. He is particularly interested in the works of, among others, Hannah Arendt, Yaakov Shabtai, Philip Roth, Nicole Krauss, and Aharon Appelfeld, as well as in Canaanism and post-Zionist thought. 
Ariel holds a BA in Comparative Literature and Philosophy from the Hebrew University, and an MA in Comparative Literature from the Hebrew University. His MA thesis presented a comparative study of the writings of Jewish mysticism scholar Gershom Scholem and novelist Yaakov Shabtai, with relation to secularism and messianism. Other interests include political theology, literary theory, critical theory, memory studies, and the Novel.
Ariel is also a novelist: his debut novel, Our Finest, was published in Hebrew with Keter Publishing House in 2021 and won critical acclaim. Before coming to Stanford, Ariel worked as a journalist, contributing to some of Israel's leading news outlets.




Office Hours

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Research Unit Groups

Research Interests

  • American Languages, Literatures, and Cultures


  • Hebrew Languages, Literatures, and Cultures


  • Literary and Cultural Theory


  • Philosophy and Literature


  • Prose Fiction Studies