Shalem College
Tamar Merin

Dr. Tamar Merin

Ph.D., Cultural Studies, Tel Aviv University
M.A., Comparative Literature, Tel Aviv University
B.A., Comparative Literature, Tel Aviv University (with distinction)

Prof. Tamar Merin is an author and scholar of literature. A doctorate in Hebrew literature from Tel Aviv University, she wrote her thesis on the first Israeli prose writers and their relationship to the Hebrew literary canon.

From 2011-2013, Prof. Merin served as a post-doctoral fellow and guest lecturer on Hebrew and Israeli literature at Northwestern University, and between 2011-2012 taught at Tel Aviv University. Since 2014 she has taught at the Kibbutzim College of Education and served as a research fellow in the Gender Studies program at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.

Her first novel, “Children,” was published by Yediot Books in 2015, and was the recipient of the Minister of Culture Prize for a Literary Work. She also writes a column for the Haaretz literary supplement, for which she was also the recipient of the 2014 Bronstein Prize for literary criticism.

Full CV

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Selected Publications


  1. Spoiling the Stories: The Rise of Israeli Women’s Fiction(forthcoming withNorthwestern University Press, 2016)


Chapters in Books

  1. “Do You Have to Get Rid of Me in Order to Write? Inter Sexual Dialogue and Imaginary Fathers in Rachel Eytan’s Pleasures of Men," in Intertextuality: Studies in Literature in Honor of Ziva Ben-Porat, Michael Gluzman and Orly Lubin, eds. (Tel Aviv: The Porter Institute Press, Tel Aviv University, 2012) pp. 127-167. [Hebrew]



  1. “The Purloined Poem: Lea Goldberg in Dialogue with Gnessin (and with Ceilia Dropkin) in Letters from an Imaginary Journey,"Mikan- A Journal of Israeli Literature and Jewish Literature and Culture(Hebrew, forthcoming in 2016). 
  2. “The Secret Which Makes a Hero of the Weak: Intertextuality and Cross-Gender Identification in Amalia Kahana-Carmon’s Early Prose,” Nashim: A Journal of Jewish Women Studies and Gender Issues 25 (Fall 2013), pp. 89-113.
  3. “Cracking the Mirror: Melancholy as Intertextuality in Yehudit Hendel’s House of Steps,” Ot: Journal of Literary Studies and Literary Theory 2 (2012), pp. 149-173. [Hebrew]
  4. “On Shachar M. Pinsker’s Literary Passports: The Making of Modernist Hebrew Fiction in Europe," Hebrew Studies: A Journal Dedicated to Hebrew Language and Literature53 (December 2012), pp. 425-428.