Keren Tova Rubinstein received her PhD in Creative Writing and Israeli Literature from Monash University in 2010. Her interdisciplinary doctoral research focused on Israeli life narratives and counter-narratives, collective and contested identity. She has also completed an MA at the University of Melbourne, where she explored Israeli military fiction as a window onto the country’s transforming narratives of nation, gender and ethnicity. She has taught Hebrew and Israeli language and literature at the University of Melbourne, Monash University, and Oberlin College, where she also lectured on Jewish comics and short stories. Dr. Rubinstein will be teaching Modern Hebrew in the Department for the Study of Religion beginning in the fall of 2011.
Areas of Interest
Art and dissent, with a focus on Israeli language, arts, media and culture as both reflections of and players in the evolution of Israeli society. Current research examines autobiography written from the margins and its relationship with the collective national narrative.
Modern Hebrew language – Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced levels; Israeli culture and society; Jewish and Israeli comics and graphic novels.
Latest Selected Publications
“Israeli culture since 1948”, Blackwell History of Jews and Judaism, forthcoming in 2012
“Yaakov Shabtai and Tel Aviv: ‘The Terrible Transformation’”, Australian Journal of Jewish Studies XVI, 2002 135-151
Department for the Study of Religion
Jackman Humanities Building 202, 170 St. George Street