Prof Efraim Sicher

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Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Foreign Literatures
English, Hebrew, French, Russian
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Comparative and English literature
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City in literature, 19th century realism, Holocaust memory
PUBLICATIONS - articles published in scientific journals or books only; does not include abstracts, conference proceedings, journalism, creative writing, etc.2008“Elie Wiesel’s Watch: Transmission of a Legacy in Time and Spirit.” In The Call of Memory: Learning about the Holocaust through Narrative Teaneck, Ed. Keren Goldfrad and Karen Shawn. NJ: Ben Yehuda Press. Volume 2.“Babel.” In Jews in Eastern Europe. Ed. Gershon Hundert. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2008. Volume 1. 103-104.. “Midrash and History: A Key to the Babelesque Imagination.” In Isaac Babel: Selected Writings. Norton Critical Edition. Ed. Gregory Freidin. New York: Norton. Forthcoming.“Text, Context, Intertext: Babel, Bialik, and Others.” In The Enigma of Babel. Ed. Gregory Freidin. Stanford: Stanford University Press. At press.כל כתבי יצחק באבל. תרגמה חמוטל בר-יוסף. ערך אפרים זיכר. 2 כרכים. ירושלים: כרמל.2007“The ‘Attraction of Repulsion’: Dickens and Other Flâneurs.” In A Mighty Mass of Brick and Smoke: Victorian and Edwardian Representations of London. Ed. Lawrence Phillips. Amsterdam and New York: Rodopi, 2007. 35-60“Robert Alter, Imagined Cities.” Partial Answers 5, 1 (2007): 131-135. 2006“Babel’s Art of Contrasts.” In Twentieth Century Literature Criticism. Volume 171. Ed. Tom Schoenberg and Lawrence Trudeau. Detroit: Gale, pp. 6-13. “‘Tancred’s Wound’: From Repression to Symbolization in Second-Generation Narratives.” Journal of Modern Jewish Studies 5, 2 (summer 2006): 189-201. Special issue on The Generation After: Literature and Postmenory after the Shoah, edited by Annelies Schulte Nordholt.(with Natalia Skradol), “A World Neither Brave nor New: Rereading Dystopian Fiction After 9-11.” Partial Answers 4, 1 (2006): 151-179.Thinking Utopia.” The European Legacy 11, 4 (2006): 274-275. Review essay."יצחק באבל: זהות יהודית ומשבר פנימי." מקור ראשון 2.3.2006, מוסף שבת, ע' 4. “Robert Eaglestone, The Holocaust and the Postmodern,” The European Legacy 11, 2 (2006): 224-226. 2005The Holocaust Novel. New York and London: Routledge. “Second-Generation Memory of the Holocaust in Contemporary Hebrew Fiction.” In Moderne hebräische Literatur: Ein Handbuch. Ed. Anat Feinberg. Berlin: text+kritik. In German.Representing the Shoah for the 21st Century, ed. Ronit Lentin.” European Legacy (2005): 269-70.“The Jewishness of Babel.” In Short Story Criticism. Volume 78. Ed. Joseph Palmisano. Detroit: Gale.2004Dictionary of Literary Biography: The Holocaust Novelists. Ed. Efraim Sicher. Detroit: Gale Group, 2004.“Postmemory, Backshadowing, Separation: Transmission of Memory in Second Generation Fiction.” In Teaching the Representation of the Holocaust. Ed. Marianne Hirsch and Irene Kacandes. New York: Modern Language Association of America. 262-73.“Kafka’s Panther and Rabbi Nachman’s Turkey: The Parable of the Parable in ‘A Hunger Artist’.” Journal of Modern Jewish Studies, 3, 1 (2004):3-15.“A Waste of Money? Recycling and the Economy of Our Mutual Friend.” New Comparison. At press.“Estrangement and Identity in ‘My First Goose’; ‘Story of My Dovecote’: Anti-Semitism; ‘Awakening’: The Ghetto Mentality.” In Major Short Story Writers: Isaac Babel. Ed. Harold Bloom. Philadelphia: Chelsea House, 2004, pp. 37-40, 64-66, 79-80.2003Rereading the City/Rereading Dickens: Representation, The Novel, and Urban Realism. New York: AMS Press, 2002. xxiv+427pp., illus “Brett Cooke, Human Nature in Utopia,” Utopian Studies. 14, 2 (2003): 253-55.“Aryeh Lev Stollman.” Holocaust Literature: An Encyclopedia of Writers and Their Work. Ed. S. Lillian Kremer. New York: Routledge, 2003. 1228-1229. “Carl Friedman.” Holocaust Literature: An Encyclopedia of Writers and Their Work. Ed. S. Lillian Kremer. New York: Routledge, 2003. 389-391. “Michal Govrin.” Holocaust Literature: An Encyclopedia of Writers and Their Work. Ed. S. Lillian Kremer. New York: Routledge, 2003. 453-456.George Eliot’s Glue Test’: Language, Law, and Legitimacy in Silas Marner.” In George Eliot’s Silas Marner: Modern Critical Interpretations. Ed. Harold Bloom. Philadelphia: Chelsea House, 2003, pp. 163-181. 2002“Imagining the ‘jew’: Dickens’ Romantic Heritage.” In British Romanticism and the Jews. Ed. Sheila A. Spector. London and New York: Palgrave, 2002. 139-155.“Reference, Inter-reference, and Interference in Babel.” New Zealand Slavonic Journal 36 (2002): 259-75.“The Three Deaths of Isaak Emmanuilovich Babel’.” In Enemies of the People: The Destruction of Soviet Literary, Theater, and Film Arts in the 1930s. Ed. Katherine Bliss Eaton. Evanston: Northwestern University Press, 2002. 179-204.2001“The Scandal of the Holocaust. The European Legacy 6, 5 (2001): 639-41.“The Return of the Past: The Intergenerational Transmission of Holocaust Memory in Israeli Fiction.” Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies 19, 2 (Winter 2001): 26-52.“Berel Lang, The Future of the Holocaust.” The European Legacy 6, 5 (2001): 690-22000“The Future of the Past: Countermemory and Postmemory in Contemporary American Post-Holocaust Narratives.” History and Memory 12, 2 (2000): 56-91.The Joy of Recognition’ (Harold Fisch, The Biblical Presence in Shakespeare, Milton, and Blake: A Comparative Study, Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1999; New Stories for Old: Biblical Patterns in the Novel, Macmillan Press, London/St Martin’s Press, New York, 1998).” BDD Journal of Torah and Scholarship [Bar-Ilan University] 6, 10 (2000): 59-69.“Isaac Babel.” Modern Encyclopedia of Russian, Soviet, and Eurasian History. Ed. Edward J. Lazzerini. Gulf Breeze, Fla.: Academic International Press, 2000, volume 3. 83-90.1999“The Semiotics of Hunger from ‘Le Cygne’ to ‘Ein Hungerkünstler.’” Applied Semiotics 8 (1999): 449-55.1998“In the Shadow of History: Second Generation Writers and Artists and the Shaping of Holocaust Memory in Israel and America.” Judaism: A Quarterly Journal of Jewish Life & Thought 47, 2 (1998): 169-185.Breaking Crystal: Writing and Memory After Auschwitz. Ed. Efraim Sicher. Urbana-Chicago: Illinois University Press, 1998, 378 pp. illus. With an Afterword by Saul Friedländer. 1997“Rescripting Scripture: George Eliot’s ‘Ethics of Reading’ in Silas Marner.” Semeia 77 (1997): 243-270.1920 Diary and Fields of Honour.” Slavonic and East European Review 75, 1 (1997): 134-136.“Shakespeare’s Jew, Wesker’s Shylock.” Jewish Affairs 52, 3 (1997): 44-51.“The Concept of ‘Work’ in the Writings of Chief Rabbi Dr Gustav Sicher.” Shvut 5 [21] (1997): 136-143.1996“On Both Fronts: Israel Rabon and Isaac Babel in the Polish Soviet War.” Shvut 3 [19] (1996): 147-158.“Paradise Refused: The Flight from Eden in Modern Literature.” New Comparison 22 (1996): 111-133.“Utopies en Russie.” Utopian Studies 7, 2 (1996): 269-270.1995Jews in Russian Literature After the October Revolution: Writers and Artists Between Apostasy and Hope. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1995, xxiv+279 pp. Reissued in paperback, 2006.Isaac Babel, Collected Stories. Ed. Efraim Sicher. Translated by David McDuff. New York: Penguin Books, 1995. Revised edition, 1998. Reissued as Red Cavalry and Other Stories. London: Penguin Books, 2005.. “Savelii Dudakov, Istoriia odnogo mifa.” Slavic Review 54, 2 (1995): 435-436.“Jonathan Rose, The Revised Orwell.” Utopian Studies 6, 1 (1995): 179-182.“Isaac Babel, 1920 Diary.” Slavic Review 55, 4 (1995): 1062-1064. Речь памяти Эренбурга.” Литературное обозрение, 1 (1995): 110-112.1994“The Trials of Isaac: A Brief Life.” Canadian Slavonic Papers 36, 1-2 (1994): 7-42.“Alice Stone Nakhimovsky, Russian-Jewish Literature and Identity.” Studies in Contemporary Jewry 10 (1994): 369-371. “David Aberbach, Realism, Caricature, and Bias: The Fiction of Mendele Mocher Sefarim.” Slavonic and East European Review 72, 1 (1994): 168-170. “Tadeusz Kowzan, Spectacle et Signification.” Literary Research 22 (1994): 20.1993 “Acts of Enclosure: The Moral Landscape of Dickens’ Hard Times.” Dickens Studies Annual 22 (1993): 195-216.1992“Writing After: Moral and Literary Reflections of Auschwitz.” Holocaust Studies Annual 5 (1992): 147-168.1991“The Jewing of Shylock: Wesker’s The Merchant.” Modern Language Studies 21, 2 (1991): 57-69.“The Last Utopia: Entropy and Revolution in the Poetics of Evgeny Zamjatin.” History of European Ideas 13, 3 (1991): 225-237.מטופוס למיטוס הפוך: בחזרה לעדן והבריחה מהגן” (From topos to Inverted Myth: Back to Eden and the Flight from the Garden.) In מיטוס, תימה, וטופוס בספרות העקדה והתוכחה Fathers and Sons: Myth, Theme, and Literary Topos. Ed. Herman Zvi Levi. Jerusalem: Magnes Press, 1991. 73-87. In Hebrew.1990“Dialogization and Laughter in the Dark, or how Gogol’s Nose was Made: Parody and Literary Evolution in Bakhtin’s Theory of the Novel.” Russian Literature 28, 2 (1990): 211-234.“The Burden of Remembrance: Second Generation Literature.” Jewish Book Annual 48 (1990): 26-41.“Marc Schreurs, Procedures of Montage in Isaac Babel’s Red Cavalry.” Slavonic and East European Review 68, 3 (1990): 542.1989Isaak Babel, Петербург 1918 (Petersburg 1918). Ed. Efraim Sicher Ann Arbor: Ardis, 1989. In Russian, 265 pp. A critical edition based on archival sources with textual annotations and commentaries (pp. 227-259) and an Afterword by Victor Shklovsky“The ‘Color’ of Judaism: Timespace Oppositions in the Synaesthesia of Osip Mandel’shtam’s Shum vremeni.” In Aspects of Modern Russian and Czech Literature. Ed. A.B. McMillin. Columbus, Ohio: Slavica Press, 1989. 31-54.“C.D. Luck, The Field of Honour.” Slavic Review 48, 1 (1989): 134.“Soviet Jewish Culture.” In The Blackwell Companion to Jewish Culture. Ed. Glenda Abramson. Oxford: Blackwell, 1989. 726-729. Revised edition, London: Routledge, 2003.“Isaac Babel.” In The Blackwell Companion to Jewish Culture. Ed. Glenda Abramson. Oxford: Blackwell, 1989. 83-90. Revised edition, London: Routledge, 2003.“Ilya Ehrenburg.” In The Blackwell Companion to Jewish Culture. Ed. Glenda Abramson. Oxford: Blackwell, 1989. 193-195. Revised edition, London: Routledge, 2003.“Boris Pasternak.” In The Blackwell Companion to Jewish Culture. Ed. Glenda Abramson. Oxford: Blackwell, 1989, p. 577. Revised edition, London: Routledge, 2003.“Iosif Brodskii.” In The Blackwell Companion to Jewish Culture. Ed. Glenda Abramson. Oxford: Blackwell, 1989, p. 113.“Michael Hamburger.” In The Blackwell Companion to Jewish Culture. Ed. Glenda Abramson. Oxford: Blackwell, 1989, p. 305. Revised edition, London: Routledge, 2003.“Jon Silkin.” In The Blackwell Companion to Jewish Culture. Ed. Glenda Abramson. Oxford: Blackwell, 1989, p. 710. Revised edition, London: Routledge, 2003.1988“The ‘Jewish Cossack’: Isaac Babel’ in the First Red Cavalry.” Studies in Contemporary Jewry 4 (1988): 113-134.1987“Midrash and History: A Key to the Babelesque Imagination.” In Modern Critical Views: Isaac Babel. Ed. Harold Bloom. New Haven: Chelsea House, 1987. 215-230.“What News From Odessa? (Steven Zipperstein, The Jews of Odessa: A Cultural History, 1794-1881),” Jewish Quarterly 34, 4 (1987): 62-63.1986Style and Structure in the Prose of Isaac Babel. Columbus. Ohio: Slavica Publishers, 1986, 170pp.“Binary Oppositions and Spatial Representation: Towards an Applied Semiotics.” Semiotica 60, 3-4 (1986): 211-224.“Milton Ehre, Isaac Babel.” Slavic Review 47, 2 (1988): 369-370.1985Beyond Marginality: Anglo-Jewish Literature after the Holocaust. Albany, New York: State University of New York Press, 1985, xv + 235 pp.“By Underground to Crystal Palace: The Dystopian Eden.” Comparative Literature Studies 22, 3 (1985): 377-393. “Maupassant en Russie: un éxemple d’influence littéraire chez Isaac Babel’.” Revue des études slaves 57, 3 (1985): 385-395.“J. van Baak, The Place of Space in Narration: A Semiotic Approach to the Problem of Literary Space.” Modern Language Review 80, 1 (1985): 253-254. Miscellanea Slavica: To Honor the Memory of Jan M. Meijer.” Modern Language Review 80, 2 (1985): 507-508.“Problems of Space and Time: Recent Publications on Isaac Babel.” Slavonic and East European Review 63, 1 (1985): 989-103.1984“The Jewishness of Babel.” In Jews in Soviet Culture. Ed. Jack Miller. Brunswick, N.J.: Transaction Books, 1984. 167-182.“Hard Times in Paradise: An Example of an Inverted Biblical Pattern.” In Biblical Patterns in Modern Literature. Ed. David Hirsch and Nekhama Aschkenazy. Brown University Judaic Studies, volume 77. Chico, California: Scholars Press, 1984. 165-172.1983“The Jew on Horseback: On the Question of Isaac Babel’s Place in Soviet Jewish Literature.” Soviet Jewish Affairs 13, 1 (1983): 37-50.1982"יצחק באבל--החכם מאודסה" זהות (1982) 2, ע' 219-222“Art as Metaphor, Epiphany and Aesthetic Statement: The Short Stories of Isaac Babel.” Modern Language Review 77, 2 (1982): 387-396.“The Road to a Red Calvary: Myth and Mythology in the Works of Isaac Babel of the 1920s.” Slavonic and East European Review 60, 4 (1982): 528-546.Isaak Babel, “Yankel and the Priest (a fragment)” and “From ‘Leaves from my Notebook’,” translated by Efraim Sicher. Stand 23, 2 (1982): 50-53.“Isaac Babel: Voyeur of the Short Story.” Stand 23, 2 (1982): 54-58.1981“Ragna Grøngaard, An Investigation of Composition and Theme in Isaac Babel’s Literary Cycle ‘Konarmija’.” Slavonic and East European Review 59, 2 (1981): 296.“The Return of the Psalmists,” Argo 3, 1 (1981): 35-39.1980“The Last Escape: The Art of Bruno Schulz.” The Literary Review 8 (1980): 12-13.“Alan Ross (ed.), London Magazine Stories 11.” The Literary Review 8 (1980): 47.“Eccentric Funster: Appreciations, Interpretations and Correspondence of Vladimir Nabokov.” Argo 2, 1 (1980): 73-741979Isaak Babel, Детство и другие рассказы (Childhood and other stories). Ed. Efraim Sicher. Jerusalem: Sifriyat Aliyah, 1979, 410 pp. A critical edition based on archival sources with textual annotations, commentaries and bibliographies (pp. 347-407). Aterword by Simon Markish.Isaak Babel, “Justice in Inverted Commas: An Odessa Story,” translated by Efraaim Sicher. The Literary Review 6 (1979): 23-24.“Isaac Babel—écrivain juif: quelques remarques” (Some remarks on Isaac Babel as a Jewish writer). Les juifs en Union Soviétique 28 (1979): 13-14. In French.“Donald Barthelme, Great Days.” The Literary Review 1 (1979): 31.“The Silence of Babel.” The Literary Review 6 (1979): 21-24.“Robert Houston, Bisbee 17.” The Literary Review 3 (1979): 28.1978“A Religious Minority Among Soviet Jewry.” Religion in Communist Lands 5 6, 4 (1978) (pseudonymous). “V. Dunham, In Stalin’s Time: Middleclass Values in Soviet Fiction.” Soviet Studies (July 1978): 424-426.“The ‘Establishment’ of the Synagogue and the Young who Stay Away.” Religion and Freedom (August 1978).1977“Isaac Babel’s Jewish Roots.” Jewish Quarterly 25, 3 (1977): 25-27.