Stephanie Kraver

Stephanie Kraver
Advisor(s): Ghenwa Hayek
Arabic Language and Literature

Academic Bio

 

Stephanie Kraver is a Ph.D. candidate with expertise in modern Arabic literature and in Arabic and Hebrew poetry and poetics from the twentieth century to the present. Her broader research and teaching interests bestride Palestinian/Israeli literature and film, constructions of memory after loss, the elegiac genre, Arab-Jewish narratives, as well as gender and sexuality studies. Stephanie’s dissertation, “(Un)believers in Times of War: Darwish and Ravikovitch’s Poetics of Possibility in Palestine/Israel,” tells the story of two poets: the celebrated Palestinian author Mahmoud Darwish and the renowned Israeli writer and peace activist Dahlia Ravikovitch. The project begins with an encounter between these two figures in the aftermath of the 1967 War. It then follows their relationship and their poetry during the 1982 War in Lebanon and culminates in the period of the First Palestinian Intifada (uprising) between 1987 and 1993. The dissertation argues that Darwish and Ravikovitch deploy literary and biblical allusions, prophetic discourse, and elegiac forms of speculative mourning and haunting to address the inequalities that animate the Palestinian-Israeli divide. By exploring these two writers and the war poetry that they compose, the project charts the ways in which these authors establish a poetry of prolepsis, or a future-oriented gaze, to envisage an alternative to the conditions of violence that punctuate the present. The dissertation showcases how Darwish and Ravikovitch use poetry to interrupt the state of protracted war in the present and advocate for justice and national sovereignty for the Palestinian people. Stephanie earned her M.A. in Near Eastern Studies from New York University, where she was the recipient of the Falak Sufi Memorial Essay Prize in 2016. She has taught undergraduate and graduate-level courses on literature and film in Palestine/Israel, on modern Middle Eastern literature and history, as well as on gender and sexuality in the modern Middle East. During the 2022-2023 academic year, Stephanie’s research is generously supported by the Mellon Foundation-University of Chicago Dissertation Completion Fellowship and the Pozen Family Center for Human Rights Doctoral Fellowship.