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Vered Karti Shemtov


Vered Karti Shemtov

Eva Chernov Lokey Senior Lecturer
Hebrew and Comparative Literature
Editor-in-Chief, Dibur Journal for Comparative Literature

Vered Karti Shemtov teaches Hebrew literature at the Department of Comparative Literature and the Middle Eastern Program at Stanford University.  She is the Director of the Hebrew Project at Stanford and the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of the journal Dibur. She previously served as the Co-Director of the Stanford Center for Jewish Studies. Some of Shemtov's publications include: Changing Rhythms: Towards a Theory of Prosody in Cultural Context, Bar Ilan Press, Israel 2012, several co-ediited issues including: Spoken Word, Written Word: Rethinking the Representation of Speech in Literature (2015), 1948: History and Responsibility (2013) and Jewish Conceptions and Practices of Space (2005). Shemtov published numerous articles, including "Limbotopia: The “New Present” and the Literary Imagination (Journal of Comparative Literature, 2018, with Elana Gomel), "A Sense of No Ending: Contemporary Literature and the Refusal to Write the Future" (Dibur Literary Jounral, 2018, With Elana Gomel), "Poetry and Dwelling: From Martin Heidegger to the Songbook of the Tent Revolution in Israel" (Prooftext). Other articles focuse on the works of Amos Oz, Yehudah Amichai, Michal Govrin, A.B Yehoshua, Zruya Shalev, and an entry on “Hebrew Poetry: 1781-2010”  in the Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics, Revised Edition. Until 2019 Shemtov served as the Chair of the Literature Committee for the National Organization for Professors of Hebrew.


Ph.D. Comparative Literature, University of California, Berkeley.
Committee: Professor Chana Kronfeld, Professor Robert Alter and Professor Daniel Boyarin. Berkeley, 1999
B.A. Comparative Literature (Magna Cum Laude), Tel Aviv University, Israel.


Gideon Tikotzky, Assistant Professor, Hebrew Univerity, Jerusalem 
Chen Edelsburg, Lecturer, Tel Aviv University 
Chen Bar Itzhak, Assitant Professor, Bar-Ilan University 

PhD Comittee:
Ella Elbaz, Fellow, The Martin Buber Society  of Fellows
Marina Zilbergerts, Assistant Professor, The University of Wisconsin–Madison
Renana Keydar, Assistant Professor, Hebrew University, Jerusalem
Shoshana Olidort, Editor, Poetry Foundation
Noam Pines, Chair of Jewish Thought and Associate Professor of Comparative Literature, Univeristy of Buffalo

Other Information

Awards and Grants (selected)
Newhouse grant for curriculum development 2003-2020
Israel Institute Grant, 2014 and 2016
Stanford Art Grant 2015, 2019 
Grant from the President’s funds for Religious and Ethnic Understanding and Coexistence, 2015
Koret Foundation grant for developing teaching material and classes 2003-2009
Dean's Award for Distinguished Teaching, Stanford 2006
University of California, Berkeley Chancellor’s Award and Fellowship, 1999
Mellon Dissertation Fellowship, 1998
Koret Graduate Studies Fellowship 1990-1995
Service (selected)
Core Executive Committee Member, Taube Center for Jewish Studies, Stanford
Board Member, The Porter Institute for Poetics and Semiotics
Editorial Board, OT, A journal for Hebrew Literature 
Editorial Board, Prooftexts, A journal for Hebrew Literature 
Editorial Board, Anthem Series on Modern Israel 
Conference Committee Chair for the Hebrew Literature Section of the MLA
Co-chair of Literature Committee, National Association of Professors of Hebrew
Co-Director, Taube Center for Jewish Studies
Board Member, Lively Arts, Stanford University 
Board Member, Taube Foundation 
Chair, Test Committee, SAT Hebrew 
Planning Committee, Jim Joseph Jewish Education Track at Stanford
Member Hillel Israel Committee
Academic consultant, Hebrew Language and Literature, JTS, New York
Language Certification 
American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, WPT Tester of Hebrew Full Certification
American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, OPI Tester of Hebrew Full Certification 
Publciations (selected)
Vered Karti Shemtov, Changing Rhythms:  Towards a Prosodic Theory in Literary Context
Bar Ilan University Press, November 2013 (
Vered Karti Shemtov, “Now We Shall Reveal a Little Secret:’ First-Person Plural in the Works of Amos Oz” under review for The Journal of Israeli History (TBP in Journal of Israeli History, Special issue devoted to the author Amos OZ)
Vered Karti Shemtov, “On Poetry that is Written not out of Pain: The Poetics of Roni Someck,”  in  The Street's Word of Honour : Reading Ronny Someck's Poetry. 2019. Editors: Noa Shakargy, Yigal Shevars, Ketzia Alon. P. 242-262. 
Vered Karti Shemtov, “The Rebirth of the Lyrical Subject in Yehuda Amichai’s Late Poetry,” Published in Hebrew, in Reflections on Booklore, Studies Presented to Prof. Avidov Lipsker, 2019. Edited by Yigal Schwartz  Lilach Nethanel & Claudia Rosenzweig
Elana Gomel and Verd Karti Shemtov, "Utopia, Dystopia, Limbotopia: A Case for Expanding the Genres of the Future" with Elana Gomel, Comparative Literature Journal, Fall 2018 (in Hebrew)
Elana Gomel and Verd Karti Shemtov, “Limbotopia: The “New Present” and the Literary Imagination” with Elana Gomel, Comparative Literature (2018) 70 (1): 60-71.
Elana Gomel and Vered Karti Shemtov, “A Sense of (No) Ending or how Literary Narratives Can Refuse to write the Future” with Elana Gomel in Dibur Literary Journal, Issue 6, Fall 2018 
Vered Karti Shemtov, “Poetry and Dwelling: From Martin Heidegger to the Songbook of the Tent Revolution in Israel,” Prooftexts Vol. 35, No. 2-3 (2017 delayed publication of the Spring-Fall 2015 issue), pp. 271-290
Vered Karti Shemtov,  “Dan Pagis: Poetic Lines without a Home” in Collected Essays on the work of Dan Pagis, Ed: Hannan Hever,  Bialik Institution, Tel Aviv 2016 
Vered Karti Shemtov,  “Hebrew Poetry: 1781-1920” Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics, Revised edition, 2012
Vered Karti Shemtov,  “Hebrew Literature 1920 to the present” Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics, Revised edition, 2012
Vered Karti Shemtov,  "Dwelling in the Stanzas of the Text: The Concept of 'Bayit' in Hebrew Poetry." Sh'ma, 2012
Vered Karti Shemtov,  “Discontinuous Spaces in A. B Yehoshua’s Novel The Liberated Bride” Intersecting Sights: Critical Essays on A.B. Yehoshua's Work, forthcoming, Heksherim and BGU Press, 2010
Vered Karti Shemtov,  “Intertextuality with the Bible and the Construction of Space in Contemporary Israeli Literature” (came out in Italy last month I am waiting for the book and the complete reference)
Vered Karti Shemtov,  "Technology and Language Teaching in Higher Education: Some thoughts about the State of the Field" in A. Feuer, S. Armon-Lotem & B. Cooperman (Eds. Issues in the Acquisition and Teaching of Hebrew. Bethesda: University Press of Maryland, 2009
Vered Karti Shemtov, “The Bible in Contemporary Israeli Literature: Text and Place in Zeruya Shalev's Husband and Wife and Michal Govrin's Snapshots" Hebrew Studies, 2006
Vered Karti Shemtov, “Between a Jewish and an Israeli Perspective of Space: A Reading in Yehuda Amichai’s “Jewish Travel” and “Israeli Travel.” JSS, Summer 2005
Vered Karti Shemtov,  “Attraversando I Confini: Dallo Spazio Letterario Alle Frontiere Geografico-Politiche Nei Romanzi la Sposa Liberata” Opera Letteraria di Yehoshua. Einaudi, Venice 2008 
Verd Karti Shemtov and Yigal Schwartz, Victoria, Sami Michael: Epilogue, with Yigal Schwartz. Special Edition in honor of the Sami Michael Conference, Stanford University, 2007.
Verd Karti Shemtov, "Metrical Hybridization: Prosodic ambiguities as a form of social dialogues" Poetics Today, Spring 2001
Edited Volumes with Introduction (selected)
Melih Levi and Vered Karti shemtov, Peripheral Modernisms, Dibur Literary Issues 9-10, Spring and Fall 2020-2021
Chen Bar Itzhak and Vered Karti Shemtov Literary Multilingualism (intro by Chen Bar Itzhak), Dibur, Literary Journal, Issue 7, Fall 2019
Gisele Shapiro,Anne Simon, Vered Karti Shemtov Visions of the Future, Dibur Literary Journal, Issue 6, Fall 2018 
Michael Goldstein, Uri S. Cohen, Vered Karti Shemtov The Long Poem. Dibur Literary Journal. Spring 2017, Volume 3
Marie-Pierre Uloa, Vered Karti Shemtov, nat Weisman The Archive:  Literary Perspectives on the Intersections between History and FictionDibur Literary Journal, Dibur Literary Journal. Fall 2016, Volume 3
Vered Karti Shemtov and Anat Weisman On Form. Dibur Literary Journal  Spring 2016, Volume 2
Amir Eshel, Vered Karti Shemtov and Anat Weisman Spoken Word, Written Word: Rethinking the Representation of Speech in LiteratureDibur Literary Journal  Fall 2015, Vol 1
Amir Eshel and Hannan Hever, Vered Karti Shemtov History and Responsibility: Hebrew Literature and 1948, Special issue of Jewish Social Studies
Vered Karti Shemtov, Charlotte Fonrobert, Jewish Conceptions and Practices of Space, Special issue of Jewish Social Studies, Summer, 2005