B.A. (Middle Eastern and Asian Languages and Cultures), Columbia University, Master of International Affairs, Columbia University, Ph.D. (Comparative Literature), U.C. Berkeley; Junior Fellow, Harvard Society of Fellows, 2006-2008 and 2009-2010. Lital Levy's research encompasses Hebrew and Arabic literatures and cultures both separately and in conjunction; she specializes in historic and contemporary zones of contact between the two languages. She has worked on the intellectual and literary history of Arab Jews in the late 19th-century Arab East (Iraq, Greater Syria, and Egypt), particularly their participation in the modern Arabic and Hebrew renaissance movements; on modern Hebrew literary history; and on contemporary Hebrew and Arabic writing in Israel/Palestine. Her current book project examines the poetics and politics of language and metalanguage in literature by Jewish and Palestinian writers in Israel/Palestine.
Poetic Trespass: Writing between Hebrew and Arabic in Israel/Palestine (Princeton UP, forthcoming Fall 2014):
“The Nahda and the Haskala: A Comparative Reading of ‘Revival’ and ‘Reform,’” Middle Eastern Literatures 16:3 (Winter 2013), 300-316.
“Nation, Village, Cave: A Spatial Reading of 1948 in Three Novels of Anton Shammas, Emile Habiby, and Elias Khoury,” Jewish Social Studies 18:3 (Spring/ Summer 2012): 10-26.
"Partitioned Pasts: Arab Jewish Intellectuals and the Case of Esther Azhari Moyal (1873-1948)," The Making of the Arab Intellectual (1880-1960): Empire, Public Sphere, and the Colonial Coordinates of Selfhood, ed. Dyala Hamzah (Routledge, 2012).
“Who is an Arab Jew? A Comparative Inquiry into the Origins of the Question, 1880-2008,” Teorya u-vikoret (Theory and Criticism) 38-39 (Winter 2011), 101-135 (in Hebrew).
"Reorienting Hebrew Literary History: The View from the East," Prooftexts 29:2 (2010), 127-172.
"Historicizing the Concept of Arab Jews in the Mashriq," Jewish Quarterly Review 98:4 (Fall 2008), 452-469.
"Self and the City: Literary Representations of Jewish Baghdad," Prooftexts 26 (2006): 163-211.