Dr. Karin Berkman

Dr.
Dr. Karin Berkman
Division: 

Fields of interest

Irish literature; South African poetry during apartheid and post-apartheid; Post-colonialism and literary theory; Race and gender in American and British poetry.

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EDUCATION

2017

Ph.D., English Literature

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Dissertation:                                    

“The Poetics of Memory in the Poetry of Seamus Heaney”

1987

M.A., English Language and Literature

University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

Thesis:

“The Haunter and the Haunted: A Study of Memory and Detachment in the Poetry of Thomas Hardy”

Granted with distinction 

1982

 

B.A. Honours, English Language and Literature

University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

Granted with Distinction 

 

1979-1981

 

B.A. English Literature

Granted with Distinction

 

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

 

2017-2018

 

Postdoctoral Researcher, European Research Council Project: “Apartheid- The Global Itinerary: South African Cultural Formations in Transnational Circulation 1948-1990.”

 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

 

2020-2021

 

Teaching Fellow

Department of English Literature and Linguistics

Bar-Ilan University

Teaching Fellow

Department of English

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

 

2012-2016

 

Teaching Assistant

Department. of English

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

 

2000-2017

 

Adjunct Lecturer

Department of Library and Information Science, Diploma of Library and Information Science.  M. ED Library and Information Science, David Yellin College

 

CONFERENCE PAPERS

 

2021

“‘We took new stock of one another’ Tracy K Smith, Afrofuturism and Covid-19.”

Conference on the Study of English Literatures in Israel, February 1.

 

 

2020

“Migration”

Conference on the Study of English Literatures in Israel, Beer Sheva, February 3.

 

 

2019

“Reading the Canon: Black South African Poets and the Colonial Curriculum.” Language and Education in Asymmetrical Contexts: Between Teaching, Text, and Pedagogy, The Hebrew University, June 27.

 

2018

"Mandela's Earth: Literary Celebrity and the Figure of Mandela in Wole Soyinka's Nobel Prize Address and Poetry” Celebrity and Protest in Africa and in the Anti-Apartheid Struggle, University of Copenhagen, October 29-31.

 

 

2018

“The Language Question” Keywords in African Studies Conference. Ben Gurion University. June 4-5.

 

 

2016

“‘A Rapture and an Ache’: Gerard Manley Hopkins’ influence on the poetics of Seamus Heaney.” Hopkins: The Jerusalem Conference, May 15-18.

 

2016

“Poetic and Political Accountability in the Poetry of Seamus Heaney" Journeys Conference, Department of Comparative Literature, The Hebrew University.

 

2014

“'Writers and Righters': Political and Poetic Activism in Seamus Heaney's 'The Flight Path.'”  “The “Good” Book”: Graduate Symposium at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, April 27.

 

 

2014

“The Dying Animal: the representation of the body of the parent in the elegies of Seamus Heaney and Margaret Atwood.” Graduate Students’ Conference. The Hebrew University, March 19.

 

 

2013

“Heaney's elegies: a consideration of “Casualty.” Graduate Students’ Conference. The Hebrew University.

 

 

AWARDS

 

2013

Dr. Gisela Gross and Edward Gross Doctoral Fellowship for Literature Research in the Department of English Language and Literature, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

 

1981

 

Faculty of Arts Silver Medalist.

A.A. Bradlow Merit Scholarship for English Studies.

 

 

   
   
   
   
   
   
   

 

 

Publications

PUBLICATIONS

Journal Articles

 

2020

"Literary Celebrity and Political Activism: Wole Soyinka’s Nobel Prize Lecture and the Anti-Apartheid Struggle." Critical Arts 

 

 

2020

"Translation and Untranslatability in the Poetry of Dennis Brutus and Keorapetse Kgositsile." Scrutiny2

 

2020

"Remember Sharpeville': Radical Commemoration in the Poetry of the Exiled South African Poets, Dennis Brutus and Keorapetse Kgositsile.” English in Africa

 

Book Chapter

 

2020

"South African Homecomings." Nachexil/ Post-Exile. De Gruyter

Courses

RECENT COURSES

 

 

2021

Irish Literature

Academic Writing

 

 

2020

South African Literature, 1948-1994

 

2020

American Poetry and Political Extremity: From the Harlem Renaissance to 9/11

 

2016

 

Critical Theory