Stephanie Kraver

Stephanie Kraver is a Ph.D. candidate in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago, with expertise in modern Arabic literature and in comparative 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, Arab-Jewish narratives, as well as gender and sexuality studies. Stephanie’s dissertation shows how Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish and Israeli author and peace activist Dahlia 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, her project charts their creation of a poetry of prolepsis, or a future-oriented gaze, to envisage an alternative to the conditions of violence that punctuate the present.