July 2017 - June 2019
This research examines Thomas Mann's literature via the lenses of postcolonial theory, theory of nationalism and Zionism. It challenges Mann's greatest endeavors, of establishing a humanistic and psychological dimensions to the experience of mythos.
Ben Yehuda is Minerva Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute for German Philology at Freie Universität Berlin and the head of the research group Gaza: Towards the Landscape of an Israeli Hetrotopia at the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute. His work focuses on Jewish literatures in German and Hebrew, Mizrahi Israeli literature and postcolonial studies. His postcolonial reading of Kafka's "A Hunger Artist" will be published in the next issue of Tel Aviver Jahrbuch für deutsche Geschichte, his examination of Kafka and Agnon's dialogism will be published at Kafka after Kafka (forthcoming, Camden House Publishing) and his cultural reading of Kafka and Buster Keaton's filmography was published in Mediamorphosis: Kafka and the Moving Image. He also published extensively on Mizrahi literature, S.Y. Agnon and Ch.N. Bialik. His book The Speech Act of Kafka and Agnon will appear in 2018 in Mossad Bialik Publishing House.