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Lev Hakak, Ph.D.
Professor of Hebrew Language and Literature

Office: 372 Humanities
University of California, Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1511
310.206.1395 - phone
310.206.6456 - fax
hakak@humnet.ucla.edu

EDUCATION
B.A., Hebrew Literature and Political Science, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem ( Jerusalem, Israel) 1967.
Graduate Program, Department of Hebrew Literature, Tel-Aviv University (Tel Aviv, Israel) 1968-1970.
Credentials for Teaching Hebrew, Tel-Aviv University Pedagogical Department and Israel Ministry of Education, 1970.
M.A. and C.Phil., UCLA.
Ph.D., Modern Hebrew Literaure, University of California, Los Angeles, 1974.

ADDITIONAL EDUCATION
LL.B., The Hebrew University ( Jerusalem, Israel) 1971.
Admitted to the Israeli Bar, 1971.
Admitted to State Bar of California, 1980.

PROFESSIONAL CAREER
2002-Present - Editor of Hadoar, The Hebrew Quarterly of America, published by Histadrut Ivrit of America.
1976-Present - Professor, Hebrew Language and Literature, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, University of California, Los Angeles.
1977-78 - Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Judaism, Los Angeles, California.
1975-76 - Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Judaism, Los Angeles and San Francisco, College of Judaic Studies (joint program).
1974-76 - Lecturer, Near Eastern Studies, University of California, Berkeley.
-----Acting Assistant Professor, University of Judaism and Beneamy Jesish Education, San Francisco
1971-74 - Educational activity in US included the following positions:
-----Teaching Associate of Hebrew languages and literature, University of Judaism, Los Angeles.
-----Teaching Associate of Hebrew language and literature in the joint Hebrew program, University of Southern California, and the Hebrew Union College, Los Angeles, California.
-----Teaching Associate of Hebrew language and literature at the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, UCLA.
1963-70 - Educational activity in Israel included the following positions:
-----Teacher of Hebrew literature, grammar and composition in various Israeli Academic High Schools;
-----Advisor-Teacher in Hebrew language and literature for junior and senior students in the Pedagogical Department, Tel-Aviv University, Israel.
-----Teaching Hebrew, written and oral presentation, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Rehovot, Israel.

ACADEMIC HONORS, AWARDS, FELLOWSHIPS AND GRANTS
1996 Annual Friedman Award for Contribution to Hebrew Culture in America, Hebrew Association of America.
Rachel Award for Poetry, (1994).
Barkaai Award for Original Prose, (1994).
Nessim Gaon Foundation, (1980).
Max Richter Foundation, Providence, Rhode Island, (1977).
Memorial Foundation for Jewish Studies, New York (1974, 1977).
A scholarship from the Israeli President, for a book, "Chapters in Hebrew Expression."
Scholarships fellowships from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
For more details please see the article of the 1999 Israeli Prize Winner Prof. Shmuel Moreh: "The Literary Work of Lev Hakak" in Babylonian Jewry, No. 2, 1998, pp. 117-140, 41-46 (it refers to about 150 reviews of Hakak's work published until 1998).

EARLY PUBLICATIONS
Poetry volumes (two, 1962 and 1965).

Poems published from 1963 until 1971:
Haarets  (September 29, 1967; June 6, 1968; February 21, 1969; May 8, 1970; June 11, 1971)
' Eked Poetry Collection (1970), Tel-Aviv.
----- Masa (Lamerhav), (September 3, 1970).
----- Davar  (November 20, 1970).
----- Al Hamishmar  (July 2, 1971).

----. Hatsofe (April 2, 1971).
Masa (Lamerhav), (April 31, 1971); October 5, 1973.
Bamaarakha (March 1974).

Teaching text booklets and textbooks until 1970:
Chapters in Expression.  Mifal Ha'shikhpul:  Tel-Aviv University (1970).  (137 pages).
Newspaper Hebrew Reader.  (Experimental edition), University of Judaism.
Drills of Hebrew Expression.  Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Rehovot Branch  (1970).  (46 pages).

Selected Book Reviews (until 1971):

Hayom 1969 October 10, 24 and 31; November 7, December 12, 1969; December 25, 1970.
Davar  March 6, 1970.
Al Hamishar April 12, 1970; January 20, 1971; June 18, 1971; April 30, 1971.

Selected Books:
Four Poets (in Hebrew): Abraham Ben Yitshak, Amir Gilbow'a, Nathan Zach, Shelomo Zamir. ‘Eked, Tel-Aviv (1979), 192 pages.
Inferiors and Superiors: The Image of Sephardim and Near Eastern Jews in Modern Hebrew Short Story.  Kiryat-Sefer, 1981. (176 pages, Hebrew).
Chapters in the Literature of Near Eastern Jews.  Kiryat Sefer, 1985.
Equivocal Dreams:  Studies in Modern Hebrew Literature.  Kiryat-Sefer, 1991. (195 pages).  Republished by Ktav Publishing Co., New Jersey, 1993.
Modern Hebrew Literature Made into Films. Unievrsity Press of America, 2001, 234 pages.
Modern Hebrew Creativity in Babylon. The Babylonian Jewry Heritage Center Research Institute of Babylonian Jewry, 2003. 400 pp.
The Collected Essays of Rabbi Shelomo Bekhor Hutsin. Hakkibutz Hameuchad, 2005, 300 pp.

Ha'asufim.  Tel-Aviv:  (1977) (160 pages). A novel.
Stranger Among Brothers.  A translated Novel, Ridgefield Publishing.
Im Eshkahekh.  Jerusalem, Kiryat-Sefer, 1981.  (170 pages, (short stories).  Republished by:  Yaron Golan Publishing Co., Tel-Aviv, 1994.
A House on a Hill. Yaron Golan, Tel-Aviv 1994 (146 pages). A novel.
Lehorish shir ivri beLos Angeles.  Kiryat-Sefer, 1989. Poetry volume republished by:  Yaron Golan Publishing Co., Tel-Aviv, 1994.

Selected Poems:

----- Bitzaron (January-February, 1976).                                                 
----- Hadoar, December 6, 1985, p. 15; January 24, 1986, p. 23;
----- Apiryon, No. 4/5 (Winter 1985/86) p. 51                                          
----- Manhut, Haberman Institute for Literary Research, A (6), summer 1989, pp. 54-56.
----- Sifrutam shel yotse hamizrah beyisrael. Yosef Halevi, ed. Ben-Gurion University, 1979, pp. 42.
----- Masa (August 5,1975).
----- Moznaim,  Hebrew Writer's Association in Israel, July 1988, p. 24.
----- Appiryon, No. 9, Spring 1988, pp. 40-41.
----- Hadoar,  March 18, 1988, Vol. 60, No. 18, p.23.

----- Me'ah Shanim Meah Yotsrim.  Bimat Kedem Publishing, 1999, pp. 94-99.

-----In The Literary Review:  Israeli Writing.  The Fairleigh Dickinson University, Vol. 37, No. 2, pp. 311-313.

Republished in:  Keys to the Garden: New Israeli Writing.  Ammiel Alcalay, Ed. City Lights Books, San Francisco, pp. 286-289.

Selected articles :
" The Motif of the Rooster, in Sippur Pashut by S.J. Agnon." in Hasifrut,  Tel-Aviv University, 1973, pp. 713-725, XL-XLI Volume 4, No. 4, October.
" The Poetry of Amir Gilbo'a."  Association for Jewish Studies Newsletter  (November 1974).

Many articles in Israeli literary Supplements (not listed here)

Various articles in Hadoar, including: August 24, 1990, pp. 14-15; 84; March 29, 1991 pp. 24-28  (Poetry). November 17, 1989, pp. 19-22 and November 24, 1989, pp. 20-21; Vol. 53, No. 23, Oct. 7, 1994, No. 24, Oct. 21, 1994, pp. 18-20; Vol. 54, No. 1, Nov. 4, 1994, pp. 19-21, No. 2, Nov. 18, 1994, pp. 22-23, No. 5, Jan. 6, 1995, p. 21; No. 2, Vol. 56, Nov. 22, 1996, pp. 14-17; No. 3, Dec. 6, 1996, pp. 21-23, No. 4, Dec. 20, 1996, pp. 18-20; Vol. 56, No. 19, May 23, 1997, pp. 20-21; Vol. 56, No. 22, Sep. 26, 1997, pp. 28-29; Vol. 57, No. 19, pp. 21-23; No. 20, Aug. 21, 1999, pp. 19-20; Vol. 56, No. 7, Feb. 6, 1998, pp. 20-21; Vol. 48, No. 17; July 9, 1999, pp. 18-19; Vol. 58o, No. 21, Sep. 10, 1999, pp. 32-33, No. 22; Oct. 8, 1999, pp. 22-23; 113. No. 21, Sep. 4, 1998.

"The Contribution of Iraqi Jewry to Israeli Literature." in Itton 1977 (November-December 1977), pp. 22-23.

"Implied Discourse in Amos Oz's Novel."  Bitzaron (June 1976), pp. 249-252, 263.  Also in Shedemot, No 62, Winter 1977 pp. 82-85.

“Four Poems of Shelomo Zamir and some Poetic and Thematic Elements in his Poetry.” Shevet Ve’am (April 1978), pp.476-496.

" Alisa Shenhar's Third Poetry Volume."  Moznaim Monthly of The Hebrew Writers Association in Israel, (December 1979), pp. 66-67.

" A Comparative Study:  David Vogel and Natan Alterman." Hebrew Studies, No. 20-21 (1979-1980), pp. 150-156.

" The Image of the Near Eastern Jewry in Hebrew Literature." Shevet Ve-am (September 1980), pp. 149-158.

" The Poetry of Near Eastern Jews."  Yediot Aharonot (September 4, 1981).

" The Contemporary Literary and Research Activity of Iraqi Jews in Iraq and Israel."  Co-author:  Shmuel Moreh.  In Studies on the History of the Iraqi Jewry for Research on Iraqi Jewry.  The Babylonian Jewry Heritage Center, Tel-Aviv:  (1981). Pp 83-132 (in Hebrew).

" The Contribution of Iraqi Jews to Hebrew Literature in Israel." in Forum (Winter 1981).  No. 42/43, pp. 143-153. (in English), in Hagut Ivrit Be'Artzot Ha ‘Islam.  World Hebrew Union and World Jewish Congress.  Ed. by Menachem Zohori, pp. 107-118.

" The Image of Sephardim in the Modern Hebrew Short Story." in The Sephardi and Oriental Jewish Heritage Studies.  The Magnes Press, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Ed. by Isaach Ben-Ami, pp. 297-310.

Im Eshkahekh.  Jerusalem, Kiryat-Sefer, 1981.  (170 pages).
Was republished in its entirety in Ha-mevakker: (11/5/82-1/93).
Republished in Yisrael Shelanu (11/13/81-1/8/86).


"To the Sorrow."  Yad Leheman.  Edited by Zvi Malachi, Haberman Institute for Literary Research.  1983, pp. 197-209.

"The Poetry of Oriental Jews in Israel."  In the Proceedings of The Eighth World Congress of Jewish Studies, Division C, World Union of Jewish Studies, 1982, pp. 283-288.

"‘ Shahin' of Aharon Almog."  In Appirvon. (Winter 1984,85), No. 3, pp. 64-66.

"The Literary Work of Near Eastern Jews in Israel."  in Half of the Nation.  Shlomo Deshen, Ed.  The Kotlar Institute for Judaism and Contemporary Thought, Bar-Ilan University, 1986, pp. 251-278.

" Sexual Symbols in ‘Another Face' by S.Y. Agnon."   Hebrew Annual Review, vol. 10, 1986, pp. 95-108.  (See C22).

"Yemenite Jewry - Origins, Culture and Literature by Reuven Ahroni." Judaism, Vol. 36, No. 144, fall 1987, pp. 499-501.

"Estranged Nightingales:  On Poetry Written by Near Eastern Jews in Israel."  Hebrew Annual Review, The Ohio State University, Vol. 11, 1987, pp. 129-152.

"Between Franczisk and Magwitch: About Agnon's In the "City and the Forest" and "Dickens's Great Expectations. Moznaim, Hebrew Writer's Association in Israel, Tell-Aviv, Vol. 62, No. 11.  February 1989, pp. 23-25.

"Molkho in Five Seasons: A New Outlook."  Mahut, Haberman Institute for Literary Research, A (6), summer 1989, pp. 254-264.

"The Jews of the Magreb in Israeli Literature" in Halutsim bedima'h, Am Oved, Tel-Aviv, 1991, pp. 244-257.

"El ha-Mahar Derekh Yom Etmol."  Pe'amim, autumn.  1993, No. 53, pp. 46-74.

" About kaddurim vekubiyot - The Poetry Volume of Sehlomo Zamir." Mahut, Haberman Institute for Literary Research, 1991-1992, pp. 226-232.

"Friha and Jeffrey."  Mahut, Haberman Institute for Literary Research, 1991-1992, pp. 117-122.

"Sami Michael's Literary World."  In Babylonian Jewry.  The   Babylonian Jews Heritage Center, autumn 1995, No. 1, Pp. 7-33, 47-48.

"Gila Ramras-Rouch:  The Life and Work of L.A. Arieli (Orloff)."  In Hebrew Studies, Vol. 36, 1995, University of Wisconsin-Madison, The National Association of Professors of Hebrew, Pp. 246-249.

"A Book That Was Lost and Other Stories".  Shofar, Vol. 14, No. 4. Summer 1996, PP. 157-160.

"Savta Freha:" Excerpt from my novel A House on a Hill, with an introduction and dictionary, adapted for teaching.  Lamishpaha, Vol. 35, No., Jan 1997, pp. 10-12.

"Contemporary Literary Work and the Literary Research of Babylonian Jews in Israel."  In Ha'ets veha'anaf, co-authored with Shmuel Moreh, The Magnes Press, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 1997, pp. 296-332.

"From Agnon to Oz:  Studies in Modern Hebrew Literature by Warren Bargad."  Hebrew Studies, Vol. 38, 1997, pp. 196-199.

" Victoria by Sami Michael."  Babylonian Jewry, No. 2, Spring, 1998, pp. 7-42 Hebrew, 31-35 English.

"Sexual Symbols in ‘Another Face' by S.Y. Agnon."  In Short Stories Criticism.  Sheets, Anna, Ed. Gale, 1999. Vol. 30, pp. 47-52.

" President Jimmy Carter:  An Interview and Review of his book: The Virtues of Aging".  In Ma'ariv, Dec. 12, 1998.  Pp. 44-46, 48; and Shalom L.A . , April 15, 1999, pp. 20-21.

" Christopher Reeve, an Interview and Review of his book, Still Me, in Ma'ariv, May 20, 1999, pp. 42-44, 46; Shalom L.A., April 15, 1999, pp. 21-23.

Moshe Pelli. Kinds of Genre in Haskalah Literature: Type and Topics.  Israel: Hakkibutz Hameuchad Publishing House, 1999.  Xxv (English), 357 pp. (Hebrew).

New Perspectives on the Haskalah, edited by Shmuel Feiner and David Sorkin. Shofar Vol. 21, No. 3.

" A Trip to the Future through the Past: Elle Masse Rabbi Yehuda ha-Levi by Yehuda Burla." Studies on Sephardic Cultures. Edited by M. Mitchell Serels. Yeshiva University, 2001, pp. 57-84.

" Shlomo Bechor Hutsin: L'intineraire d'un Juif "mskil" de Baghdad."  In Reeh: Revue Europeenne Des Etudes Hebraiques, University of Paris, viii, No. 5, 2001, pp. 193-213.

" The Holocaust in the Poetry of Near Eastern and Sephardi Jews ". Shofar: An Interdisciplinsry Journsl of Jewish Studies. Purdue University Press, Vol. 23, No. 2, Winter 2005, pp. 89-119.

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS
(selected list, past or present)
National Association of Professors of Hebrew.
Association for Jewish Studies (AJS).
Board Member, Center for Jewish Art and Creativity.
Institute for Jewish Law, Jerusalem, Israel.
Member, Israeli Bar Association and California State Bar Association.

 

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