Na'ama Rokem works on Modern Hebrew and German-Jewish literature. Her first book, Prosaic Conditions: Heinrich Heine and Spaces of Zionist Literature (Northwestern University Press, 2013) argues that prose - as a figure of thought, a mode and a medium - played an instrumental role in the literary foundations of the Zionist revolution. She is now writing a book about the encounter between Paul Celan and Yehuda Amichai, as well as articles on multilingualism and translation in the works of Hannah Arendt and Leah Goldberg, on the politics of translation in Israel. With Amir Eshel, she coedited a special issue of Prooftexts, on German-Hebrew relations.
Rokem is the organizer of two international conferences at the University of Chicago: "German and Hebrew: Histories of a Conversation," and "German-Jewish Echoes in the Middle East".
She teaches a variety of courses including: Advanced Readings in Hebrew, The Bible in Modern Hebrew Literature, Multilingualism in Modern Jewish Literature, Writing the Jewish State, and Readings in World Literature. Together with Anastasia Giannakidou (Professor of Linguistics) she has co-taught a course for the Center for Disciplinary Innovation, on: Bilingualism: Cognitive, Linguistic, Cultural and Literary Approaches. In the Spring of 2015, this course will be repeated under the auspices of the Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry, in collaboration with Israeli-Palestinian novelist Sayed Kashua.
Recent & Regularly Taught Courses
- JWSC 20225 Multilingualism and Translation in Modern Jewish Literature
- HEBR 30575 World Literature - Jewish Literature
- NEHC 20406/30406 Jewish Thought and Literature III
- NEHC 30452 Writing the Jewish State
- HEBR 30501 Advanced Modern Hebrew-1