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, anticolonial theory, 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.