Dr. Daniel Feldman

Dr. Daniel Feldman
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Fields of interest

  • Holocaust literature, memoralization, and education
  • Children's literature of the Holocaust
  • Traumatic collective memory and literary theory
  • Subjectivity and epistemology in modern poetry


CV: Link


Daniel Feldman, Ph.D.

Lecturer, Department of English Literature and Linguistics 

Bar-Ilan University

Ramat Gan, 5290002



דניאל פלדמן מרצה, החוג לספרות אנגלית, אונ׳ בר-אילן

Daniel Feldman is an assistant professor of English at Bar-Ilan University in Ramat Gan, Israel, where he specializes in Holocaust literature and young adult fiction of the Holocaust. He is currently writing a manuscript on the use of play in young adult literature of the Holocaust.



A. Articles

2014        Poetry in Question: The Interrogative Lyric of Yeats’s Major Poems.” Partial Answers 12.1 (2014): 87-105

2014        “Writing Nothing: Negation and Subjectivity in the Holocaust Poetry of Paul Celan and Dan Pagis.” Comparative Literature 66.4 (2014): 438-58

2014        “Reading Games in Auschwitz: Play in Holocaust Youth Literature.” The Lion and the Unicorn 38.3 (2014): 360-80

2015        “Playing with the Past in Jane Yolen’s The Devil’s Arithmetic.” Children’s Literature 43 (2015).

2016        “Honoring the Child’s Right to Respect: Janusz Korczak as Holocaust Educator.” The Lion and the Unicorn. 40.2 (April 2016): 129-43.

2019        “Children’s Play in the Shadow of War.” American Journal of Play 11.3 (2019): 288-307.

2020        "Address Unknown: German Children's Literature about Refugees." Children's Literature Assocation Quarterly, vol. 46, no. 2, 2020, pp. 124-144. Link.


B. Book Chapters

2020       “Translating Oral Memory and Visual Media in Ida Fink’s ‘Traces.’” Translated Memories: Transgenerational Perspectives on the Holocaust. Ed. Bettina Hofmann and Ursula Reuter. Rowman and Littlefield. 31-49. Link


C. Book Reviews

2013        Review of Paik, ed., Aftermaths: Exile, Migration, and Diaspora Reconsidered. In Common Knowledge 19 (2013): 573-74.


Curriculum Vitae

1. Education

1997-2001    Columbia University, B.A. Summa cum laude

2003-2006    Yale University, M.A., M.Phil., Comparative Literature

2006-2011    Yale University, Ph.D., Comparative Literature

            Dissertation: “Unrepeatable: Fiction in the Face of Disaster”

            Advisor: Professor Katie Trumpener; Committee readers: Professor Geoffrey Hartman, Professor Katie Clark, Professor Marci Shore


2. Professional Experience


2.1 Bar-Ilan University — 2011-present

2011-2013    Adjunct instructor

2013-        Lecturer (assistant professor)


2.2 Other professional service

2001-2002    Educator, Stiftung Lauder, Würzburg and Berlin, Germany 

2011-2012    Visiting speaker, Yad Vashem International School of Holocaust Studies

2014-2015    Member, Committee on Prizes for Pedagogic Excellence, BIU

2014-        Academic peer reviewer, The Lion and the Unicorn, USA

2016-        Member, literature program undergraduate committee, Department of English, BIU


3. Active Participation and Presentation of Papers in Scientific Meetings

Oct. 2001     “Topographies of Memory in Contemporary Poland,” Fairleigh Dickinson University School of International Affairs, New Jersey

May 2004    “‘Ruins Even before They Crumble’: Musealization of Oswiecim,” University of Konstanz, Germany

March 2007    “Around the Apocalypse: Appelfeld’s Anti-Catastrophic Poetics,” American Comparative Literature Association, Puebla, Mexico

Dec. 2007    “Stolen Childhoods: A Response,” Modern Languages Assoc., Chicago, IL 

Jan. 2008    “Writing Against the Event,” Richard Stockton College, New Jersey

Feb. 2008    “Subject and Subjectivity in Atrocity Literature,” University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC

March 2008    “Reading Survivor Testimony in Truth Commission Archives,” American Comparative Literature Association, Long Beach, CA

Dec. 2008    “Screening Communism, Adapting Independence: Wajda’s Andrzejewski Films,” Modern Languages Association, San Francisco, CA

March 2009    “Atrocity Fiction and the View from Nowhere,” American Comparative Literature Association, Boston, MA

March 2012    “Ida Fink’s ‘Key Game’ and Literary Play of the Shoah,”  American Comparative Literature Association, Providence, RI

June 2012    “Nazi Ideology and Thinking for our Time,” Yad Vashem, Jerusalem

Feb. 2013    “Comparative Perspectives on Israeli and Diasporic Jewish Memory,” Van Leer Institute, Jerusalem

Oct. 2013    “Of Butterflies and Boots: What do Children Understand of the Holocaust?” Bar Ilan University

Nov. 2013    “The View from Nowhere: Multiperspectival Memory in Holocaust Literature,” Tel Aviv University

Jan. 2014    “Play in Children’s Holocaust Literature,” Tilburg University and the Huizinga Institute, Amstelveen, The Netherlands

March 2014    “Topography to Topos: Converting Sites of History into Museums,” American Comparative Literature Association, New York, NY

June 2015    “Light Games and Dark History: Play in Young Adult Fiction about the Holocaust,” Children’s Literature Association, Richmond, VA

July 2016     "War Games: Children’s Play in Conflict Literature," Children and War, Salzburg, Austria

June 2017    “No Place — Like Home: Children’s Refugee Literature,”  Children’s Literature             Association, Tampa, FL

July 2017    “Story and Statistics: Factual Evidence,” American Comparative Literature Association,         Utrecht, Netherlands

March 2018    “Reading Poison: The Fiction of Science in Nazi Children’s Literature,” University of         Antwerp, Belgium

June 2018    “Refugee Children at Sea: Kinder auf der Flucht 1939 and 2015-17,” Children’s             Literature Association, San Antonio, TX 

Nov. 2018    “Spiel in Jugendliteratur über den Holocaust,” Eva Tenzer Lectures, Humboldt             University of Berlin, Germany

Aug. 2019    “Voicing the Ineffable: Holocaust as Adventure in Uri Orlev’s Fiction,”  Biennial Congress of the International Research Society for Children’s Literature, Stockholm, Sweden


4. Academic and Professional Awards

2000    Dean Hawkes Prize, Achievement in the Humanities

2000     Phi Beta Kappa, early election

2001    Gerdy Prize, Outstanding Contributions to Campus Publications

2003    Ann Lowry Nelson and Lowry Nelson, Jr. Fellowship (2003-2006)

2004    Graduate School Language Fellowship, for study in Krakow, Poland

2005     European Studies Research Council, Research Grant for Poland

2006    John Enders Fellowship, Dissertation Grant

2006    Prize Teaching Fellowship, Award for Excellent Graduate Student Instructors

2007    Prize Teaching Fellowship, Award for Excellent Graduate Student Instructors

2011    Yad Vashem Institute for Holocaust Studies, Junior Fellowship, declined

2013    Bar-Ilan University Outstanding Lecturer

2016    Childrens Literature Association Honor Article (for "Reading Games in Auschwitz")

2016    Honorable mention, Children’s Literature Association’s Judith Plotz Emerging Scholar Award

2018   International Honor Award, Children’s Literature Association (for “Refugee Children at Sea”)


4. Membership in Professional Organizations

American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA)

Children’s Literature Association (ChLA)

Modern Languages Association (MLA)


5. Grants

2006    Ford Foundation, $120,000 Grant for a two-year feasibility study on archiving truth commission documents at the Yale Law School and Yale University Library

2015    Bar-Ilan Faculty Grant

2015     Children’s Literature Association Faculty Research Grant

2015    Israel Science Foundation (ISF)


6. M.A. and Ph.D. Students Supervised


2015    Cynthia Blank (Rector’s Prize winner), Sara Goldberg, Francine Makbili, Alexandra Katz

2016    Tom Livny, Helena Stern

2017    Olga Chefranova, Baraah Abdelhai, Anne-Marie Novak

2018    Michal Gal Harari, Leah Hartman (Rector’s Prize winner)


Ph.D.     None


6. Research Interests and Languages


6.1 Research Languages: English, Hebrew, Polish, Yiddish, German

6.2 Research Interests: Holocaust literature, children’s literature of atrocity, memory and fiction, literary theory


  • "Writing Nothing: Negation and Subjectivity in Holocaust Poetry." Comparative Literature 66.4 (2014): 438-58.
  • "Poetry in Question: The Interrogative Lyric of Yeats's Major Poems." Partial Answers 12.1 (2014): 87-105.
  • "Reading Games in Auschwitz: Play in Holocaust Youth Literature." The Lion and the Unicorn 38.3 (2014): 360-80.
  • "Playing with the Past in Jane Yolen’s The Devil’s Arithmetic." Children's Literature 43 (2015): 84-107.
  • "Honoring the Child’s Right to Respect: Janusz Korczak as Holocaust Educator." The Lion and the Unicorn. 40.2 (2016): 129-43.
  • “Children’s Play in the Shadow of War.” American Journal of Play 11.3 (2019): 288-307.

  • “Translating Oral Memory and Visual Media in Ida Fink’s ‘Traces.’” Translated Memories: Transgenerational Perspectives on the Holocaust. Ed. Bettina Hofmann and Ursula Reuter. Rowman and Littlefield, 2020. 31-49. Link.
  • "Address Unknown: German Children's Literature about Refugees." Children's Literature Assocation Quarterly, vol. 46, no. 2, 2020, pp. 124-144. Link.

  • Book review: "Aftermaths: Exile, Migration, and Diaspora Reconsidered (Little Review)." Common Knowledge 19 (2013): 573-74.


  • 106: Introduction to Critical Writing
  • 194: Introduction to Poetry
  • 302/3: Nineteenth-Century British Literature
  • 414: Reading Minds
  • 417: Poetic Antagonisms
  • 695: Romanticism
  • 713: Art, Atrocity, Truth
  • 722: Homecomings and Nostalgia
  • 724: Writing the Nation