Yair Mazor

Yair Mazor

Professor

Office: Curtin Hall, 818
Phone: 414-229-5984
e-mail: ymazor@uwm.edu
Curriculum Vitae: PDF 27kb

Degrees:

Ph.D., Hebrew Literature and Theory of Literature, Tel Aviv University
M.A., Modern Hebrew Literature (Summa Cum Laude); Tel Aviv University
B.A., Theory of Literature and Comparative Literature; Drama and Theatre, Tel Aviv University

Research and Teaching Interests:

Dr. Yair Mazor has published so far 19 scholarly books and over 220 articles and review essays.

Dr. Mazor's articles and review essays have been published in professional and literary periodicals in USA, Israel, Denmark, Norway, England, Italy, Germany and France. Professor Yair Mazor has delivered over 80 papers/lectures in professional conferences both national and international.

Professor Mazor is a very welcome academic speaker in numerous universities in USA, Israel and many European countries, such as the universities of Venice (Italy), Aarhus (Denmark),London College University (England), Cambridge (England), Oxford (England) Stockholm International Institute for Jewish Studies (Sweden), Bergen (Norway) Toledo (Spain), Granada (Spain), Tel Aviv (Israel), Bar Ilan (Israel) Ben Gurion (Israel), INALCO in Paris (France), Prague (the Czech Republic), and more.

Professor Mazor's scholarly books and articles focus on modern Hebrew literature (both poetry and prose fiction), Hebrew "Haskalah"/Enlightenment novel and story in Eastern Europe during the 18th and 19th centuries, Biblical literature (an aesthetic analysis of the biblical text), comparative literature (notably the influence of Scandinavian literature [ August Strindberg, Knut Hamsun ] on modern Hebrew literature [ S. Y. Agnon, 1966 Nobel Prize laureate ], theories of literature (from Aristotle, to Russian Formalism, French Structuralism, American New Criticism, Narratology, Post Structuralism, Deconstruction), modern Hebrew Drama, theory of drama and Hebrew children's literature. Professor Mazor's courses focus on modern Hebrew literature, theory of literature, an aesthetic approach to the Biblical text, contemporary Israeli cinema and modern Hebrew language.

Awards:

1979. "Shpan" scholarly prize (by Tel Aviv University) for the book: "The Dynamics of Motifs in S. Y. Agnon's Fiction" (Dekel Academic Press, Tel Aviv, 1979).

1986. "Dov Sadan" scholarly prize (by Tel Aviv University) for the book: "A Well Wrought Enlightenment: The Compositional Poetics of the Hebrew Enlightenment Prose Fiction" (Papyrus Press of Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, 1986).

1997. "Baron Prize" for exceptional accomplishments in teaching and research in the field of Jewish Studies (endowed by Wisconsin Society for Jewish Learning).

1998. National Prize: "The Most Distinguished Scholar of Hebrew Studies in USA" "Friedman Prize" (endowed by the National Hebrew Organization in the USA).

1999. "University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee Most Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Award".

Posts:

1994 - present. Professor of Hebrew and Biblical Literature, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

1996-2004. First Director of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Center for Jewish Studies.

1994-2006. Coordinator, Hebrew Studies Program, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee.

Books:

Mazor, Yair. The Dynamics of Motifs in S. Y. Agnon’s Fiction. Dekel Academic Press, Tel Aviv, 1979 (Awarded the "Shpan" scholarly prize by Tel Aviv University).

Mazor, Yair. A Well Wrought Enlightenment: The Compositional Poetics of the Hebrew Enlightenment Literature. Papyrus Press of Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, 1986 (Awarded the "Dov Sadan" scholarly prize by Tel Aviv University).

Mazor, Yair. A Sense of Structure: Modern Hebrew & Biblical Literature. University Publishing Projects, Tel Aviv, 1987.

Mazor, Yair. The Triple Cord: Agnon, Hamsun, Strindberg; Where Hebrew Literature & Scandinavian Literature Meet. Papyrus Press of Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, 1987.

Mazor, Yair. Not By Poem Only: The Art of Narrative by David Fogel. University Publishing Projects, Tel Aviv, 1987.

Mazor, Yair. The Other Tchernichovsky: His Narrative’s Landscape; Saul Tchernicovsky’s Art of Narrative. Papyrus Press of Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, 1992.

Mazor, Yair. From Wooded Meadows to Down-town Tel Aviv: Contemporary Hebrew Poetry. Papyrus Press of Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, 1996.

Mazor, Yair. From Medieval Spain to the Land of Cinderella: Studies in Modern Hebrew Poetry & Hebrew Children’s Poetry. Tag Publishing House, Tel Aviv, 1996.

Mazor, Yair. Caress in Darkness: Amos Oz’s Art of Narrative. Keter Publishing House, Jerusalem, 1998 (with an interview with Amos Oz).

Mazor, Yair. Pain, Pining & Pine Trees: Contemporary Hebrew Poetry. (In elegant art album format with Judaica illuminations and artworks by the renowned Israeli painterNachum Guttman). Papyrus Press of Tel Aviv University (with the cooperation of Wisconsin University Press), Tel Aviv, 2000.

Mazor, Yair. Somber Lust: The Writings of Amos Oz. State New York University Press, Albany, 2002 (see No. 9).

Mazor, Yair. Ascher Reich: Portrait of a Hebrew Poet. (In art book format with artworks by Michael Kovner). University of Wisconsin Press, Madison, 2005.

Mazor, Yair. Love in the Back Seat: Hebrew Poetry in the Sixties. (In elegant art album format with artworks by Michael Kovner). Zmora-Bitan Publishing House, Tel Aviv, 2005.

Mazor, Yair. Hounding the Hound of the Baskervilles: A Poetic Portrait of the Detective Novel. (In art book format). Goblin Fern Press, Madison, 2007.

Mazor, Yair. Poetic Acrobat: The Poetry of Ronny Someck. (In art book format). Zmora-Bitan Publishing House, Tel Aviv, 2008.

Mazor, Yair. Like a Whistle in the Dark: Amos Oz's Lyrical Novel 'The Same Sea.' (In elegant art album format). Keter Publishing House, Jerusalem.

Mazor, Yair. Poetic Acrobat: The Poetry of Rommy Someck. (Kindly Note: Totally different book from No. 15; In art book format). Goblin Fern Press, Madison, 2008.

Mazor, Yair. Who Wrought the Bible? Unveiling the Bible's Aesthetic Secrets. (With artworks adopted from an ancient Bible in Spanish). Wisconsin University Press, Madison, 2009.

Mazor, Yair. Israeli Poetry of the Holocaust. Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, New York, 2009.