Ofra Amihay

Ph.D., New York University
Hebrew & Comparative Literature; Visual Culture
HSSB 3048
Office Hours:
Winter 2020: By appointment
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Ofra Amihay is a lecturer of Hebrew language and literature at the Department of Religious Studies, and an affiliate lecturer at the program of Comparative Literature. She is interested in Hebrew and comparative literature and visual culture, and teaches courses on Modern Hebrew language and literature, the Jewish graphic novel, and photography & religion. She holds a Ph.D. from New York University and is the co-editor of The Future of Text and Image (Cambridge Scholars, 2012). She has published articles on photography and literature, Jewish identity, comics, and children’s literature and in 2015 she curated a photography exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Zagreb, Croatia. Her book on photography in Hebrew novels is forthcoming in spring 2021, to be published by Syracuse University Press.


People of the Book and the Camera: Photography in the Hebrew Novel. Syracuse University Press (forthcoming, spring 2021).

Text and the City: Text in Croatian Urban Photography from the 1930s to Present. Zagreb: Museum of Contemporary Art, 2015.

Ofra Amihay and Lauren Walsh (eds.). The Future of Text and Image: Collected Essays on Literary and Visual Conjunctures. Introduction by W. J. T. Mitchell; afterword by Marianne Hirsch. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars, 2012.


“Take this Waltz, Take this Photo: Photography in Israeli Graphic Novels.” Jewish Film & New Media (forthcoming).

“Urban Revelation in Paul Madonna’s Post-secular Comics.” In Sacred Texts and Comics: Religion, Faith, and Graphic Narratives, ed. Assaf Gamzou and Ken Koltun-Fromm, Jackson, MS: University Press of Mississippi (forthcoming).

“Red Diapers, Pink Stories: Color Photography and Self-Outing in Jewish Women’s Comics.” Image and Narrative 16.2 (2015): 42-64 (PDF).

“Passing under Separation: Comics Representations of the Holocaust and the Berlin Wall.” Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics 4,2 (2013): 278-96 (link).

“Immigwriting: Photographs as Migratory Aesthetics in the Modern Hebrew Novel.” In: The Future of Text and Image (Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars, 2012), 131-66.

“With Her Own Hands: The Feminine Responsibility for the Aqedah in David Grossman’s To the End of the Land.” Teoryah uviqoret 38-39 (2011): 316-33 (in Hebrew; PDF).

“A Candle of Freedom, a Candle of Labor, or the Candle of Judah: Lea Goldberg’s Jewish Holiday Poems for Children.” Prooftexts 28,1 (2008): 28-52 (link).

“The Wild Things are Wilde Chayes: Childhood in the Brooklyn Shtetl as the Background of Maurice Sendak’s Work.Davqa 2 (2007): 47-9 (in Hebrew).

Courses Taught:

Introduction to Modern Hebrew Literature (UCSB)

Photography and Religion (UCSB)

From Superman to Spiegelman: The Jewish Graphic Novel (UCSB)

The Israeli Novel (Georgetown University)

Gender and Body in Jewish Literature (Lawrence University)

Biblical Narratives in Literature (Lawrence University)

Literary Analysis (Lawrence University)

Contemporary Jewish American Literature (Lawrence University)