Dr Chana Morgenstern, Newnham




Biographical Information

I am a scholar, writer and translator of Middle Eastern literatures. I am University Lecturer in Postcolonial and Middle Eastern Literature at Cambridge University and a Fellow at Newnham College. I currently co-convene the Revolutionary Papers and the Archives of the Disappeared Research Projects. 


Research Interests

Middle Eastern literatures; Arabic Literature; Palestinian literature; Hebrew and Jewish Literatures; Comparative literature; Anticolonial literatures and cultures; Global South Marxisms; Commitment literature; Literature and social movements; Aesthetics and politics; Intellectual histories of the Middle East; Histories and cultures of the Arab Left; translation; Periodicals study; Feminist and queer theory; Anticolonial and postcolonial theory, Archival theory. 

Research Initiatives and Projects 

Co-director, Revolutionary Papers: An international research collaboration exploring the impact of 20th century anticolonial and postcolonial periodicals – including newspapers, cultural and literary journals, newsletters and ephemera – on literature, politics and society in the Global South. Features a teaching and research website, digital seminar, international conference and edited volume, with LSE and CHR, UWC, Cape Town.

Co-convener, Archives of the Disappeared: Discipline and Method Amidst Ruin: An interdisciplinary research initiative for the study and documentation of communities, social movements, spaces, lifeworlds, literatures and cultures that have been destroyed through acts of political repression and mass violence. Featuring monthly seminars. 


Co-convener, Literatures of Annihilation, Exile and Resistance: International research initiative on the study of MENA literatures in the USA, MENA and abroad. Features a multi-year seminar and conference with Notre Dame University, Department of English.

Literatures of Annihilation Website


Areas of Graduate Supervision

Middle Eastern literatures; Arabic Literature; Palestinian literature; Hebrew and Jewish Literatures; Comparative literature; Anticolonial literatures and cultures; Periodicals study. 


Selected Publications


Literary Infiltrators: Anticolonial Cultural Collaboration in Israel/Palestine (Manuscript in progress).

Edited Volume 

The Arab Left Reader: Key Documents from Democratic Social, Cultural and Literary Movements in the Arab World, edited and annotated by Chana Morgenstern and Mezna Qato (with an introduction by Chana Morgenstern). (In progress)   


“Fragments of Place: Colonialism and Anti-Colonialism in Hebrew Modernist Collage.” Modernism/modernity. (Forthcoming, 2022.)

“An Archive of Literary Reconstruction after the Nakba,” Middle East Research and Information Project: Middle East Report 291 (Summer 2019).

“What is Anti-Colonial Translation? The Form and Content of Bilingual Resistance in Maktoob,” Journal of Levantine Studies 9, no. 2 (Winter 2019).

“The Amputated Anthology: Literary Production and Colonial Materialty,” Jamaa: Interdisciplinary Journal of Middle East Studies. (forthcoming, 2021).

 “I Am One of the Jews: Making a Muslim-Arab-Jewish Poetics at the Intersection of European and Israeli Coloniality.” In Volume 13: Jews and Muslims in Europe: Between Discourse and Experience. Annual Review of the Sociology of Religion, (Leiden, The Netherlands: Brill).  (forthcoming 2022.)

Edited Volume Chapters 

“Beating Hearts: Arab Marxism and Anti-Colonial Culture in the Israeli Communist Party (1940-1960),” in Histories and Legacies of the Arab Left, ed. Guirguis, Laure (Edinburgh University Press, 2020).

“Local Journals/Global Cultures” in Handbook of Postcolonial Print Cultures (forthcoming, 2022).