Dr. Daniel Feldman
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
Daniel Feldman, Ph.D.
Lecturer, Department of English Literature and Linguistics
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.
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.
B. Book Chapters
2020 “Translating Oral Memory and Visual Media in Ida Fink’s ‘Traces.’” Translated Memories: Transgenerational Perspectives in Literature on the Holocaust. Ed. Bettina Hofmann and Ursula Reuter. Lexington Books.
C. Book Reviews
2013 Review of Paik, ed., Aftermaths: Exile, Migration, and Diaspora Reconsidered. In Common Knowledge 19 (2013): 573-74.
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 Children’s 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)
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)
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.'" In Translated Memories: Transgenerational Perspectives in Literature on the Holocaust. Ed. Bettina Hofmann and Ursula Reuter. 2020.
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