Adriana X. Jacobs


Associate Professor and Cowley Lecturer in Modern Hebrew Literature; Fellow, Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies 

Faculty / College Address:

Oriental Institute / St Cross College


Research Interests:

Modern Hebrew and Israeli poetry; translation history and theory; diaspora and transnationalism; language politics in Israel; literary bilingualism and multilingualism; comparative poetics; political poetry and digital culture.

Current Projects:

My monograph Strange Cocktail: Translation and the Making of Modern Hebrew Poetry is forthcoming with University of Michigan Press in July 2018.  At present, I am researching a second book project on contemporary poetry of crisis, a comparative study that brings together poetry in Hebrew, Spanish and English. I am also completing an English translation of Vaan Nguyen's debut collection The Truffle Eye, which is supported by the 2015 PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grant. At Oxford, I am co-convenor of the research programme Oxford Comparative Criticism and Translation (

Courses Taught:

  • Modern Hebrew and Israeli Literature
  • Post-War Jewish Literature
  • Jewish World Literature

Recent Publications:

  • HO! and the Transnational Turn in Israeli Poetry,” Prooftexts 36.1-2. Special Issue on Jewish/World Literature: 136-166.
  • “Anna Herman and the Goldberg Variations,” PMLA 132.2 (March): 421-426.
  • “Where You Are From: The Poetry of Vaan Nguyen.” Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies 33, 4, Contemporary Israeli Literature (Summer 2015): 83-110.
  • “Hebrew on a Desert Island: The Case of Annabelle Farmelant.” Studies in American Jewish Literature, Special Issue, eds. Kathryn Hellerstein and Maeera Shreiber (Spring 2015): 154-174.
  • “The Go-Betweens: Leah Goldberg, Yehuda Amichai and the Figure of the Poet Translator,” The Blackwell Companion to Translation Studies, eds. Sandra Bermann and Catherine Porter  (Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishing Ltd, 2014): 479-491.
  • “Hebrew Remembers Yiddish: The Poetry of Avot Yeshurun.” Choosing Yiddish: Studies in Yiddish Literature, Culture and History, eds. Lara Rabinovitch, Shiri Goren and Hannah Pressman (Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2013): 296-313.
  • “From IDF to .pdf: War Poetry in the Israeli Digital Age.” Narratives of Dissent: War in Contemporary Israeli Arts and Culture, eds. Rachel S. Harris and Ranen Omer-Sherman (Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2012): 153-166.
  • “Paris or Jerusalem: The Multilingualism of Esther Raab.” Prooftexts: A Journal of Jewish Literary History 26, 1/2 (2006): 6-28.
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