Stephanie Kraver

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

Academic Bio

 

Stephanie Kraver is a Ph.D. candidate studying modern Arabic and Hebrew literature, with a particular focus on poetry and poetics from the twentieth century to the present. Her research interests include Palestine/Israel; the elegiac genre; chronicling amidst violence; memory studies; trauma theory; gender and sexuality studies; and Arab-Jewish narratives. 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—and the history and literature that it spotlights—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 Intifāḍah (uprising) between 1987 and 1993. Stephanie argues that Darwish and Ravikovitch deploy literary and biblical allusions, prophetic discourse, and allegory to address the political restraints and disparities in power that animate the Palestinian-Israeli divide. By exploring these two writers and the war poetry that they compose, her project charts the ways in which the authors establish a poetry of prolepsis to envisage an alternative to the conditions of violence that punctuate the present. The dissertation showcases how Darwish and Ravikovitch use imagination, witnessing, and elegiac forms of speculative mourning and haunting, 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.