Stephen Katz





Jewish Studies Program


Indiana University Bloomington


Stephen Katz is Professor of Modern Hebrew Language and Literature at Indiana University, Bloomington. He is a member of the Borns Jewish Studies Program as well as Professor and current chair of the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures. His scholarly interests include the fiction of S.Y. Agnon and American Hebrew literature. Among his publications are two book-length studies of S. Y. Agnon and articles about Hebrew and Israeli writers including Ben-Avigdor, Moshe Shamir, E. E. Lisitzky, Hillel Bavli. His recent publications are: "After the Shooting: On Yoram Kaniuk's Perpatetic Palmahnik." Shofar, vol. 34 no. 1 (fall 2015): pp. 27-56; and he translated Samuel L. Blank’s, "The Tale of a Black Man." Jewish, issue 16 (fall 2015; September 2, 2015). His most recent article on the Americanization of Hebrew literature, is to be published in the forthcoming Festschrift in honor of Professor Moshe Pelli. As chair of NELC, Professor Katz coordinated and contributed to the Arabic Flagship application, which resulted in the granting of Flagship status to IU’s Arabic language program. His current research interest is representation and responses to the Holocaust in early Hebrew literature (1940-1960).