Ariel Horowitz is a Ph.D. candidate in Comparative Literature, focusing on Jewish literature in the second half of the twentieth century, and the ways Jewish writers in post-1945 United States and post-1948 Israel/Palestine cultivate their understandings of history and Jewish identity vis-à-vis questions of nationalism, sovereignty, and political power. He is particularly interested in the works of, among others, Hannah Arendt, Philip Roth, S. Y. Agnon, Yoram Kaniuk, and Nicole Krauss, as well as in Jewish historiography and collective memory. Other interests include literary theory, critical theory, political theology, psychoanalysis, memory studies, and the Novel.
Ariel holds a BA in Comparative Literature and Philosophy, and an MA in Comparative Literature, both from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His MA thesis presented a comparative study of the writings of Jewish mysticism scholar Gershom Scholem and Hebrew novelist Yaakov Shabtai, with relation to secularism and messianism. Ariel is also a novelist: his debut novel, Our Finest, was published in Hebrew with Keter Publishing House in 2021 and won critical acclaim; his second novel, The Ghost Editor, will be published with Keter in the summer of 2024.
Research Unit Groups
- American Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
- Contemporary Literature
- Hebrew Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
- Literary and Cultural Theory
- Literary Criticism (history of criticism, theory of literature)
- Philosophy and Literature
- Prose Fiction Studies