Vered Karti Shemtov

Vered Karti Shemtov

Eva Chernov Lokey Senior Lecturer in Hebrew Language and Literature
Senior Lecturer in Comparative Literature
Ph.D., Comparative Literature, University of California, Berkeley (Committee: Professor Chana Kronfeld, Professor Robert Alter and Professor Daniel Boyarin. Berkeley, 1999)
B.A. Magna Cum Laude, Comparative Literature, Tel Aviv University, Israel

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.


  • 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, Koret Graduate Studies Fellowship



  • “A manifesto for Free and Random Encounters: Three Reflections (Midrashim) on Comparing the Literatures by David Damrosch” in progress, TBP in 2022 in the proceedings of the conference “Comparing the Literatures” 
  • "A Utopic Divorce: Literary Endings and Amos Oz's Vision of the Two States Solution” coming out in 2022 in a book devoted to the works of Amos Oz, with an intro by David Grossman. 
  • “Now we shall reveal a little secret” first person plural and lyrical fluidity in the works of Amos Oz, Journal of Israeli History, 2020 38:2, 349-367
  • Centering the Marginal? Yiddish Avant-Garde as a Paradigm for Modernism (With Melih Levi, Conversation with Chana Kronfeld) Dibur, Issue 10, 2021
  • “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. 
  • “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
  • "Utopia, Dystopia, Limbotopia: A Case for Expanding the Genres of the Future" with Elana Gomel, Comparative Literature Journal, Fall 2018 (in Hebrew)
  • “Limbotopia: The “New Present” and the Literary Imagination” with Elana Gomel, Comparative Literature (2018) 70 (1): 60-71.
  • “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 
  • “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
  • “Dan Pagis: Poetic Lines without a Home” in Collected Essays on the work of Dan Pagis, Ed: Hannan Hever, Bialik Institution, Tel Aviv 2016 
  • “Hebrew Poetry: 1781-1920” Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics, Revised edition, 2012
  • “Hebrew Literature 1920 to the present” Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics, Revised edition, 2012
  • "Dwelling in the Stanzas of the Text: The Concept of 'Bayit' in Hebrew Poetry." Sh'ma, 2012
  • "Technology and Language Teaching in Higher Education: Some thoughts about the State of the Field" in Hebrew, Gadish 2012 
  • “Yochevet Bat Miriam” entry in the Lexicon for Hebrew Writers (With Renana Keydar), 2014
  • “Rachel Albeck Gidron” entry in the Lexicon for Hebrew Writers, 2014
  • “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
  • "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
  • “The Bible in Contemporary Israeli Literature: Text and Place in Zeruya Shalev's Husband and Wife and Michal Govrin's Snapshots" Hebrew Studies, 2006
  • “Between a Jewish and an Israeli Perspective of Space: A Reading in Yehuda Amichai’s “Jewish Travel” and “Israeli Travel.” JSS, Summer 2005
  • “Attraversando I Confini: Dallo Spazio Letterario Alle Frontiere Geografico-Politiche Nei Romanzi la Sposa Liberata” Opera Letteraria di Yehoshua. Einaudi, Venice 2008 
  • Victoria, Sami Michael: Epilogue, with Yigal Schwartz. Special Edition in honor of the Sami Michael Conference, Stanford University, 2007.  to be translated and published in French this year.
  • Prosody as Content, Ideology as Form. (PhD thesis) Committee: Professor Chana Kronfeld, Professor Robert Alter and Professor Daniel Boyarin. Berkeley, 1999
  • "Metrical Hybridization: Prosodic ambiguities as a form of social dialogues" Poetics Today, Spring 2001


  • Orchards, Vineyards, Gardens: The Poetics of Cultivated Earth with Vincent Barletta (in progress) 
  • Peripheral Modernisms (co-editor with Melih Levi) Dibur, Literary Journal, Issues 9-10, Fall 2020, Spring 2021
  • Literary Multilingualism (co-editor with Dr. Chen Bar Itzhak), Dibur, Literary Journal, Issue 7, Fall 2019
  • Visions of the Future, Dibur Literary Journal, Issue 6, Fall 2018 with Gisele Shapiro and Anne Simon
  • The Long Poem (co-editor with Michael Goldstein and Uri S. Cohen) Dibur Literary Journal. Spring 2017, Volume 3
  • The Archive:  Literary Perspectives on the Intersections between History and FictionDibur Literary Journal (co-editor with Anat Weisman and Marie-Pierre Uloa and wrote together the introduction) Dibur Literary Journal. Fall 2016, Volume 3
  • On Form. Dibur Literary Journal (co-editor with Anat Weisman and wrote the introduction) Spring 2016, Volume 2
  • Spoken Word, Written Word: Rethinking the Representation of Speech in LiteratureDibur Literary Journal (co-editor with Amir Eshel and Anat Weisman and wrote the introduction), Fall 2015, Vol 1
  • History and Responsibility: Hebrew Literature and 1948Special issue of Jewish Social Studies (Co-editor with Amir Eshel and Hannan Hever, Spring 2013)
  • Jewish Conceptions and Practices of Space, Special issue of Jewish Social Studies (Co-editor. With Charlotte Fonrobert, Summer, 2005)


  • Poems, Poetry, Worlds (introduction to Poetry for Comparative Literature majors)
  • The Hebrew and Jewish Short Story
  • Reflections on the Other: The Palestinian Israeli Conflict in Literature and Film
  • Texts that Changed the World: The Ancient Middle East (Stanford’s Humanity Core, with Charlotte Fonrobert)
  • Contemporary Hebrew Poetry in Translation (with Amir Eshel)
  • Land and Literature: Israel in Contemporary Hebrew Literature
  • Middle Eastern Cities in Literature and Film (with Khalil Barhoum)
  • From Agnon to Yehoshua and Oz
  • Poetics and Politics in Contemporary Israeli Literature
  • The Bible in Hebrew Poetry
  • Introduction to Hebrew Literature: From the Middle Ages to Modern Times


At Stanford

  • Core Executive Committee Member, Taube Center for Jewish Studies, Stanford
  • Coordinator, Hebrew@ Stanford
  • Editor in Chief and Co-founder of Dibur Literary Journal and Curated
  • Graduate co-advisor
  • Post-doc co-advisor
  • Faculty director of the Hebrew Literature Reading Group (Stanford, Graduate workshop)
  • Member of PATH at Stanford and the Middle Eastern Core


  • 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
  • Conference Committee Chair for the Hebrew Literature Section of the MLA (until June 2019)
  • Co-chair of Literature Committee, National Association of Professors of Hebrew (until June 2019)


  • Co-Director, Taube Center for Jewish Studies (6 years of service)
  • Board Member, Lively Arts, Stanford University
  • Board Member, Taube Foundation
  • Chair, Test Committee, SAT Hebrew
  • Near Eastern Languages Resource Center, Hebrew Committee
  • Tel Aviv Global City Scholarship Committee
  • Committee member, DLI testing
  • Planning Committee, Jim Joseph Jewish Education Track at Stanford
  • Member Hillel Israel Committee
  • Board Member, Hillel at Stanford
  • Board Member, Lively Arts, Stanford University



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