Mark H. Gelber
Mark. H. Gelber (born 1951, New York City) is an American-Israeli scholar of comparative literature and German-Jewish literature and culture. He received his B.A. magna cum laude and with high honors in Letters and German (Phi Beta Kappa, Wesleyan University, 1972). He also studied at the University of Bonn, the University of Grenoble, and Tel Aviv University. He was accepted for graduate studies as a Lewis Farmington Fellow at Yale University and he received his M.A. (1974), M.Phil. with high honors (1979), and Ph.D. from Yale University (1980). In the same year he accepted an appointment as post-doctoral lecturer at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer Sheva, in the Department of Foreign Literatures and Linguistics. Except for guest professorships and periods of time spent as a research fellow abroad, he has been affiliated with BGU since that time. His research topics include: German-Jewish literature and culture, comparative literature, exile theory and the literature of exile, cultural Zionism, early Zionist literature and journalism, literary anti-Semitism, autobiography and biography, and the practice of literary reception. He lectures frequently at international meetings and conferences in Israel, Europe, and the United States.
Positions and awards
Gelber won Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowships in 1991-92 and in 2004 (Univ. Tübingen, Freie Universität Berlin), in addition to several DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) research stipends. He has been a guest professor at the University of Pennsylvania (1985–87), a David Herzog visiting professor at the University of Graz (1996, 2008), guest professor at the University of Maribor (2007), Blaustein visiting professor at Yale University in Judaic Studies (2006), honorary research fellow at the University of Auckland (2011), guest professor of German literature at the Universiteit Antwerpen (2013), DAAD-Gastprofessor at the RWTH Aachen (2013), Taub Center guest professor at New York University (2013), and guest professor at Renmin University, Beijing (2015). He was invited to be a member of the International Advisory Board of the Yearbook of the Leo Baeck Institute (Lonbdon) and appointed to the wissenschaftliche Beirat of "Literaturstrasse," the Chinese-German Yearbook for Language, Literature and Cultural Studies.
Since 2008 Gelber directs the Research Center for Austrian and German Studies at Ben-Gurion University. He has been a member of the executive board of the Rabb Center for Holocaust Studies since its founding at BGU. He has served twice as Chair of the Department of Foreign Literatures and Linguistics and was the Director of the Overseas Student Programs and the Center for International Student Programs at BGU (1996–2004). He established and directed the Internationale Sommeruniversität für Hebräisch, Jüdische Studien und Israelwissenschaften in Beer Sheva (1998–2004, 2009), which has hosted hundreds of German-speaking students from a dozen countries since its inception. In November 2008, he was appointed Dean of International Academic Affairs at Ben-Gurion University. In 2009 he was elected to the executive board of the Leo Baeck Institute, Jerusalem.
In 2001 Gelber was elected to life membership in the Deutsche Akademie für Sprache und Dichtung (Darmstadt). From 2007-2014 he served as the Israeli academic representative on the Fellowship Committee for the Minerva Foundation of the Max Planck Gesellschaft (München) with primary responsibility for the faculties of the humanities, social sciences and law. He regularly reviews research projects for the German-Israel Fund (GIF). He was appointed twice by Israeli Ministers of Education to be a judge for the Israel Prize in World Literature (2000) and in Hebrew and Jewish Literatures (1996).
Gelber also sits on the International Scientific Board of the Österreichische Exilbibliothek (Vienna) and the executive board of the Institute for Jewish Studies in Antwerp. He is a member of the editorial board of the prestigious conditio judaica book series on German-Jewish Literature and Culture, first published at Niemeyer Verlag (Tübingen) and now published by Verlag Walter de Gruyter (Berlin) and is a member of the editorial board of the series "Perspectives on Jewish Texts and Contexts," also published by de Gruyter. He is on the international editorial board of "transversal," published by the Center of Jewish Studies, University of Graz, as well as the international editorial board of “Chilufim,” published by the Center for Jewish Cultural History at the University of Salzburg. He was elected to serve on the academic committee of the Internationale Stefan Zweig Gesellschaft (Salzburg) and to the Executive Board of the Association for European Jewish Literature Studies (EJLS).
Publications and scholarly activity
Gelber has published more than 100 scholarly works (articles and monographs) and is known for his wide range of subjects spanning the fields of literature, history, religion, cultural studies, sociology and philosophy, including the following: Franz Kafka, Max Brod, Stefan Zweig, Joseph Roth, Elias Canetti, Martin Buber, Theodor Herzl, Nathan Birnbaum, Else Lasker-Schüler, Richard Beer-Hofmann, Max Nordau, E.M. Lilien, Thomas Mann, Gustav Freytag, Georg Hermann, Manfred Sturmann, Julius Bab, Nelly Sachs, Glückel von Hameln, Heinrich Heine, Ludwig Börne, Karl Emil Franzos, Charles Dickens, T.S. Eliot, Erica Jong, Elie Wiesel, Jakov Lind, Ruth Klüger and others. M.A. and doctoral students have written theses under his guidance on a wide range of topics, including: “The Tarot in Eliot, Yeats, and Kafka,” “Kafka’s Substitute Mothers,” “Franz Kafka’s Mystical Modalities,” “Martin Buber’s Theory of Art Education,” “Mapping Zionism: East and West in Early Zionist Thought,” and “Jacques Derrida’s Double Torah.” Others are currently working on topics such as “Academic Autobiography: Peter Gay and Sara Kofman,” “Authenticity in Early German Zionist Writings,” “Edgar Allan Poe and the Hebrew Bible," and "The Gray Zone in Primo Levi's Ethical Thought." He has functioned as host and mentor to numerous post-doctoral fellows, sponsored by the Kreitman School at BGU, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft and the Minerva Foundation. His post-doctoral researchers have included: Eitan Bar-Yosef, Amos Morris-Reich, Na’ama Rokem, Bettina von Jagow, Stefan Vogt and others.
At the first international conference concerning literary anti-Semitism (Bielefeld, 2007) Gelber was called a pioneer in the field. It was the topic of his doctoral dissertation, “Aspects of Literary Anti-Semitism: Dickens and Freytag” (Yale: 1980). His foundational scholarly article, "What is Literary Anti-Semitism?" (1985) appeared in Jewish Social Studies (then published by Columbia University in New York). According to Gelber: "…any useful definition of literary anti-Semitism must proceed from literature itself, that is, from texts... literary anti-Semitism may be defined as the potential or capacity of a text to encourage or positively evaluate anti-Semitic attitudes or behaviors, in accordance, generally, with the delineation of such attitudes and behaviors by social scientists and historians. Just as social scientists are careful to locate and identify anti-Semitism according to indices of attitudes and behaviors, literary scholars must attempt to understand precisely how anti-Semitic attitudes manifest themselves in literature and how 'anti-Semitically charged elements' function and interact in texts." His other articles on literary (and filmic) anti-Semitism have focused on Charles Dickens, Gustav Freytag, Julius Langbehn, Houston Stewart Chamberlain, Thomas Mann, T.S. Eliot, Paul de Man, and Mel Gibson. In 2012 he organized a study day in Israel on the possible literary anti-Semitism and public controversy concerning Günter Grass's "Was gesagt werden muss."
Gelber’s book on Cultural Zionism and German Literature and Culture, entitled Melancholy Pride: Nation, Race, and Gender in the German Literature of Cultural Zionism (2000) illuminated the diverse and complicated reciprocal relationships between Jewish national expression and German literature and culture at the end of the 19th century. Numerous scholarly reviewers, including Ritchie Robertson (Oxford), Gerhard Kurz (Giessen) and Armin A. Wallas (Klagenfurt) were unanimous in their high praise this study. Key figures such as Martin Buber, Nathan Birnbaum, E.M. Lilien, Lesser Ury, Berthold Feiwel, Adolph Donath, Richard Beer-Hofmann, Karl Wolfskehl, Else Lasker-Schüler, Börries Freiherr von Münchhausen and many others appear in this particular cultural and literary space.
Gelber is recognized internationally as an expert on the writings and career of Franz Kafka, especially regarding his complex relationship to Zionism. He organized an international conference on this topic in 1999, entitled: “’Ich bin Ende oder Anfang’: Kafka, Zionism and Beyond.” He contributed an essay on Zionist interpretations of Kafka to the Kafka Handbuch (Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2008). Gelber has served as an expert consultant to the National Library of Israel in the protracted legal case concerning the will and literary estate of Max Brod, which includes numerous Kafka manuscripts. He has been invited by various institutes and universities, such as Stanford University, New York University, Wesleyan University, the University of California, Davis, the University of Antwerp, RWTH Aachen, the Jewish Historical Museum in Amsterdam, New School for Social Research in New York, and others, to deliver lectures on Kafka and his work, his relationship to Zionism, and the trial in Israel. In 2015, Gelber co-organized an international conference at Ben-Gurion University in Beer Sheva entitled "Kafka after Kafka."
Gelber is known for his numerous publications on the Austrian-Jewish writer Stefan Zweig, which have inaugurated a new way of reading Zweig, particularly within various Jewish and Zionist contexts. He has been called "one of the world's most eminent authorities on the works of the early 20th century Jewish-Austrian author Stefan Zweig" and the "Israeli Zweig expert" and he was invited by the city of Salzburg to organize the first major international Stefan Zweig Congress (1992). He subsequently organized two more international Zweig conferences (Jerusalem-Beer Sheva, Berlin). In 2011, he gave the first biannual Stefan Zweig lecture at the State University of New York at Fredonia, the location of a major Stefan Zweig archive. In 2012, he delivered opening plenary lectures at two major international Zweig conferences held at the University of London and at Renmin University in Beijing. Stefan Zweig, Judentum und Zionismus was published by Studien Verlag (Innsbruck) in 2014. Gelber also co-edited a volume of essays, Stefan Zweig and World Literature: 21st Century Perspectives (Camden House: 2014). Gelber is also co-editor (with Zhang Yi, Renmin University in Beijing) of the essay collection entitled: Aktualität und Beliebtheit – Neue Forschung und Rezeption von Stefan Zweig im internationalen Blickwinkel (2015). The notion of a renaissance in Zweig Studies is now being bruited and Gelber has made a significant contribution to it. Gelber was initiator and co-organizer of an international conference, "Stefan Zweig - ein juedischer Schrifsteller aus Europa" which took place at the Stefan Zweig Centre in Salzburg in 2015. The proceedings of the conference, entitled "Stefan Zweig - Juedische Relationen" and co-edited by Gelber, are being published in 2016 as volume 7 in the Stefan Zweig Centre's book series. In November 2016 Gelber lectured in Hebrew at an event in memory of Zweig, organized by the National Library of Israel entitled: Stefan Zweig, the Future, and the Literary World between the World Wars.
Yiddish-German literary relations
Following in the footseteps of one of his mentors, Professor Solomon Liptzin, for whom he has edited Identity and Ethos: A Festschrift for Sol Liptzin on the Occasion of His 85th Birthday, Gelber has contributed numerous articles in the field of Yiddish-German literary relations. In this area he has published on Heinrich Heine and Yiddish; Stefan Zweig, Sholem Asch and Yiddish; Stefan Zweig, Yiddish and East European Literature and Culture; on Yiddish lexical items (and multilingualism) in the work of Stefan Zweig, Fanya Heller, and Ruth Klüger. An essay on Rose Ausländer in Jewish and German and Jewish Cultural Spaces of Early Twentieth-Century Eastern Europe (Bukowina), based on a lecture delivered in Wellington, New Zealand, will be published in 2014. In his lecture at the International Kafka Conference held in Prague in 2016, "Kafka and Interculturality," Gelber spoke about the literary relationship between one of the major figures in the modern Yiddish revival, Nathan Birnbaum, and Franz Kafka. In the framework of an intercultural investigation, it can be shown that there is much more to this relationship than merely a Yiddish-German (language) connection.
Gelber has published extensively in the field of German-Jewish Literature and Culture, which he views as a “discipline in its own right.” In an essay based on a conference lecture he gave in Tel Aviv in 2004, and entitled “German-Jewish Literature and Culture and the Field of German-Jewish Studies,” he wrote: “This discipline may be discerned between the boundaries of Germanistik on one side and Jewish Studies on the other, although such fields as Exile Studies (and Diaspora Studies) and Holocaust Studies (and Memory Studies), which also emerged from and appear to be tangential to German and Jewish Studies respectively, also border on and derive synergistic intellectual energy from German-Jewish Studies.” Gelber organized a major international conference on “Thirty Years of German-Jewish Literary Cultural Studies” in Beer Sheva and Jerusalem in 2010. The proceedings are to be published by Aisthesis Verlag in Bielefeld. He is the author of numerous academic encyclopedia articles and essays about German-Jewish literature and culture, and German-Jewish writers, including: Max Brod, Martin Buber, Lion Feuchtwanger, Berthold Feiwel, Iwan Goll, Sammy Gronnemann, Georg Hirschfeld, Leo Kompert, Theodor Lessing, Jakov Lind, Samuel Lublinski, Salomon Hermann Mosenthal, Chaim Noll, Karl Wolfskehl, Arnold Zweig, and others.
Recent and upcoming lectures and conferences
|January 2015||"Exil - nah und fern: raeumlich-kulturelle Aspekte und "mental mapping" in der Exilliteratur"||Lecture||Viadrina Universitaet, Frankfurt a.d. Oder|
|February 2015||"The European Avantgarde and Cultural Zionism"||International Conference on "Avantgarde and the Jews"||Institute for Jewish Studies, University of Antwerp|
|March 2015||Conference on "Kafka After Kafka"||Organizer, Panelist||Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Be'er Sheva, Israel|
|April 2015||"A Stefan Zweig Revival?"||Lecture||Leo Baeck Institute, New York|
|April 2015||"Stefan Zweig, Jewry and Zionism"||Lecture||York University, Toronto, Canada|
|April 2015||"Stefan Zweig and World Literature: 21st Century Perspectives"||Lecture||SUNY - Fredonia|
|May 2015||"Contagion and Death in the Writings of Thomas Mann"||Interdisciplinary Workshop||Jacques Loeb Center for the History and Philosophy of Science, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Be'er Sheva, Israel|
|June 2015||"Thomas Mann and Stefan Zweig as Readers of Nietzsche"||International Workshop: "Reading Nietzsche – Nietzsche as Reader"||Hebrew University of Jerusalem|
|July 2015||"A Place for Kafka after the Brod Trial in Israel"||Lecture||Pontifical Catholic University, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|August 2015||"Ein Ort für Kafka nach dem Brod-Prozess in Israel"||Lecture||International Summer University, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Be'er Sheva, Israel|
|September 2015||"Literary and Filmic Anti-Semitism"||Lecture/Seminar||Renmin University of China, Beijing|
|September 2015||"Austrian-Jewish Literature"||Lecture/Seminar||Renmin University of China, Beijing|
|September 2015||"Kafka, China and Jews"||Lecture||New York University - Shanghai|
|October 2015||"Kafka, China und die Juden"||Lecture||Peking University|
|October 2015||"Exil - nah und fern"||Lecture||Shanghai International Studies University|
|November 2015||"Stefan Zweig und das Judentum in seinem vierten Leben"||International Conference on "Stefan Zweig und das Judentum" (co-organizer/lecturer)||Stefan Zweig-Centrum, University of Salzburg|
|January 2016||"The Legacy of Theodor Herzl in Austria and Beyond"||Panelist, Introductory and Concluding Remarks||Center for Austrian and German Studies, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, the Ben-Gurion Institute for the Study of Israel and Zionism, and Austrian Cultural Forum, Tel Aviv|
|March 2016||"Thomas Mann in Palestine and his Joseph Novels"||Lecture||German-Israeli Seminar on Thomas Mann's Joseph Novels, Center for Austrian and German Studies, Ben-Gurion University - Sde Boker Campus, and Zentrum für Jüdische Studien, Berlin-Brandenburg|
|April 2016||"A Place for Franz Kafka after the Brod Trial in Israel"||Lecture||University of Massachusetts|
|April 2016||"Kafka, China, Jews"||Lecture||Smith College, Global Studies Center|
|April 2016||"A Place for Kafka after the Brod Trial in Israel"||Lecture||Yale University, Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures|
|June 2016||"Kafka und das Recht: das Urteil im Brod Prozess in Tel Aviv"||Lecture||Faculty of Law, Universität Würzburg|
|June 2016||"Ruth Klüger, Mobilität, Identität"||International Conference for the Study of European Jewish Literatures||Universität Hamburg|
|July 2016||"The Conflation of Past and Present in Ruth Klüger's 'Zerreissproben'"||Conference of the International Society for the Study of European Ideas (ISSEI)||University of Lodz|
|July 2016||"New York und/oder Jerusalem"||Lecture||Sommeruniversität, Jüdisches Museum Hohenems, Austria|
|August 2016||"Stefan Zweigs Erinnerungen an Theodor Herzl"||Lecture||Sommeruniversität, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel|
|August 2016||"Theodor Herzl, Zionismus und Jerusalem"||Lecture||Sommeruniversität, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel|
|September 2016||(Session Chair) Culture, History and Languages||Humboldt Colloquium: Bridges to the Future: German-Israeli Scientific Relations||Tel Aviv University|
|November 2016||"Die Araberfrage im Prager Kulturzionismus und der Orientalismus"||Conference on "Orient und Orientalismus in der deutsch-jüdischen Kultur im 19. und 20. Jahrhundert"||Humboldt-Kolleg, La Sapienza Universitá de Roma|
|November 2016||"Jüdische Sensibilitäten in der österreichisch-jüdischen Literatur"||Plenary Lecture, International Conference on Austria and Jews||Fudan University, Shanghai|
|November 2016||"Stefan Zweig and Literary Revival"||Lecture||New York University, Shanghai|
|November 2016||"Nationality Theory and Early Zionism"||Lecture, "Nationality and Early Zionism between East and West" Symposium||Center for Austrian and German Studies, Deptartment of Foreign Literatures and Linguistics (Be'er Sheva), Ben Gurion Research Center for Study of Zionism and Israel (Sde Boker)|
|November 2016||"Stefan Zweig, Judaism, and Zionism"||Lecture||The National Library of Israel|
|November 2016||"Jüdische Sensibilitäten in der österreichisch-jüdischen Literatur"||Lecture, International Conference: "Juedisches Oesterreich, Juedisches China"||Fudan University, Shanghai|
|December 2016||"Amerikanismus, Jiddisch, Judentum und Interkulturalitaet: Nathan Birnbaum und Franz Kafka"||Lecture, International Conference: "Franz Kafka im interkulturellen Kontext"||University of Prague|
|January 2017||Martin Buber Symposium: Dialogue and Impact||Symposium Organizer||Department of Foreign Literatures and Linguistics, Center for Austrian and German Studies, and Goldstein-Goren International Center for Jewish Thought, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev|
|August 2017||"Franz Kafka lernt Hebräisch"||Inaugural lecture, International Summer University, Ben-Gurion University|
|September 2017||"The Stefan Zweig Renaissance and the World of Yesterday"||Lecture, Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies||University of Georgia|
|September 2017||"The Stefan Zweig Renaissance"||Lecture, Department of German Studies and Program in Jewish Studies||Emory University|
|September 2017||"Franz Kafka, Nathan Birnbaum, Yiddishism, and Americanism"||Lecture, Department of Germanic Studies and the Program for Jewish Studies||University of Pennsylvania|
|October 2017||"Modernism and the Bible in Thomas Mann's Joseph Novels"||Lecture, Department of Religion||Princeton University|
|October 2017||"The Trial and the Judgement in Israel: The Fate of Brod's and Kafka's Posthumous Papers"||Frankel Center for Judaic Studies and the Department of Germanic Literatures||University of Michigan|
|November 2017||"The Stefan Zweig Renaissance" (in Hebrew)||Lecture||Leo Baeck Institute, Jerusalem|
|November 2017||"Jüdische Sensibilitäten in der österreichisch-jüdischen Literaturgeschichte"||"Standortbestimmung eines transdisziplinaren Forschungsfeldes. Ein internationales Kolloquim zum Gedenken Dr. Petra Ernst"||Universität Graz, Austria|
|November 2017||"Holocaust Literature as World Literature"||International Conference: "Autobiographik von Exil, Widerstand, Verfolgung und Lagererfahrung," Institut für Neuzeit- und Zeitschichteforschung, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Theodor Kramer Gesellschaft, Haus der Österreichischen Geschichte||University of Vienna|
|December 2017||"Pacifism, Judaism, and Zionism"||UCSIA Workshop on Pacifism||University of Antwerp|
|January 2018||"The Stefan Zweig Renaissance"||Walter Benjamin Lecture Series||Franz Rosenzweig Center, Hebrew University, Jerusalem|
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- List of Rabb Center members Archived 2012-05-06 at the Wayback Machine.
- See list of deans and senior administrative staff at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, p. 17.
- See list of executive board members at the Leo Baeck Institute of Jerusalem Archived 2012-04-26 at the Wayback Machine..
- Announcement of Mark Gelber's life membership in the Deutsche Akademie für Sprache und Dichtung Archived 2012-04-24 at the Wayback Machine.
- See list of Minerva Fellowship Committee Members
- See a partial list of Gelber's publications here
- This MA thesis, written by June Leavitt, was published by University Press of America in 2007 as Esoteric Symbols: The Tarot in Eliot, Yeats, and Franz Kafka
- This doctoral dissertation, written by June Leavitt, was published by Oxford University Press in 2011 as The Mystical Life of Franz Kafka: Theosophy, Cabala, and the Modern Spiritual Revival
- See fn. 2
- Gelber, Mark H. (1985). "What is Literary Anti-Semitism?". Jewish Social Studies. 47 (1): 1–20. JSTOR 4467277..
- See "30 Years of Austrian/German-Jewish Literary Cultural Studies" conference program.
- A selection of publications on the subject of Literary anti-Semitism includes: Mark H. Gelber, 1979, "Teaching `Literary Anti-Semitism«: Dickens' Oliver Twist and Freytag's Soll und Haben," Comparative Literature Studies, Vol. XVI, No. 1, 1-11; Mark H. Gelber 1983, "An Alternate Reading of the Role of the Jewish Scholar in Gustav Freytag's Soll und Haben," The Germanic Review, Vol. LVIII, No. 2, 83-88; Mark H. Gelber 1983, "Thomas Mann and Anti-Semitism," Patterns of Prejudice, Vol. 17, No. 4, 31-40; Mark H. Gelber 1984, "Wandlungen im Bild des gebildeten Juden in der deutschen Literatur," Jahrbuch des Instituts fur deutsche Geschichte, Bd. XIII, 165-178; Mark H. Gelber 1985, "What is Literary Anti-Semitism?" Jewish Social Studies, XLVII, No. 1, 1-20; Mark H. Gelber 1986, "Pedagogical Guidelines for Literary Anti-Semitism," Patterns of Prejudice, Vol. 20, No. 1, 34-44; Mark H. Gelber 1988, "T.S. Eliot and Literary Anti-Semitism," Literary Half-Yearly, Vol. 29, No.2 ,107-123; Mark H. Gelber 2004, "The Noble Sephardi and the Degenerate Ashkenazi in German-Jewish and German Anti-Semitic Consciousness: Heinrich Heine, Julius Langbehn, and Houston Stewart Chamberlain," in Mark H. Gelber (Ed.), Confrontations/Accommodations: German-Jewish Literary and Cultural Relations from Heine to Wassermann (Tübingen: Niemeyer Verlag), 45-56; Mark H. Gelber 2005, “Antisemitismus, literarischer Antisemitismus und die Konstellation der bösen Judenfiguren in Gustav Freytags ‚Soll und Haben,’“ in Florian Krobb (Ed.), 150 Jahre Soll und Haben. Studien zu Gustav Freytags kontroversem Roman (Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann), 285-300; Mark H. Gelber 2007, „Vergleichender Literarischer Antisemitismus nach der Shoa: Paul de Man und Gibsons Passion,“ in Matthias Lorenz, Michael Bogdal, et al. (Eds.), Literarischer Antisemitismus nach Auschwitz (Stuttgart: J.B. Metzler Verlag), 75-84; Mark H. Gelber 2009, “Literary Antisemitism,” Encyclopedia of the Jewish Diaspora, Vol. 1, Ed. M. Avrum Ehrlich (ABC-CLIO), 107-111.
- Gelber, Mark H. Melancholy Pride: Nation, Race, and Gender in the German Literature of Cultural Zionism, 2000)
- A selection of Gelber's articles and books on Cultural Zionism includes: Mark H.Gelber, 2000 Melancholy Pride: Nation, Race, and Gender in the German Literature of Cultural Zionism (Tübingen: Niemeyer Verlag), 309 pp.; Mark H. Gelber 1992, "Heine, Herzl, and Nordau: Aspects of the Early Zionist Reception," in Mark H. Gelber (Ed.), The Jewish Reception of Heinrich Heine (Tübingen: Niemeyer), 139-152.; Mark H. Gelber 1993, "Deutsch-zionistische Literaten im `Heimat-Exil«: Manfred Sturmann, Hans Rosenkranz und die zionistische Kritik an der deutschsprachigen Literatur in Palästina/Israel," in Itta Shedletzky and Hans Otto Horch (Eds.), Deutsch-jüdische Exilliteratur im 20.Jahrhundert (Tübingen: Niemeyer, 1993), 95-110.; Mark H. Gelber 1996, "Zur deutsch-zionistischen Rezeptionsgeschichte: Joseph Roth und die Jüdische Rundschau," in Mark H. Gelber, Hans Otto Horch and Sigurd Paul Scheichl (Eds.), Von Franzos zu Canetti. Jüdische Autoren aus Öesterreich. Neue Studien (Tübingen: Niemeyer, 1996), 201-209.; Mark H. Gelber 1997, "The First Issue of Martin Buber's German-Jewish Journal Der Jude Appears," in Sander L. Gilman and Jack Zipes (Eds.), Yale Companion to Jewish Writing and Thought in German Culture 1096-1996. (New Haven: Yale University Press), 343-347.; Mark H. Gelber 1999, "Female, Jewish Erotic: Else Lasker-Schüler in the Context of Cultural Zionism," in Sonja Hedgepeth and Ernst Schürer (Eds.), Else Lasker-Schüler. Ansichten und Perspektiven/Views and Reviews ( Tübingen and Basel, Francke Verlag), 27-43.; Mark H. Gelber 2001, "Jakob Lind and Zionism as a Literary Phase," in Edward Timms, Silke Hassler, and Andrea S. Hammel (Eds.), Writing after Hitler. The Work of Jakov Lind (Cardiff: University of Wales Press), 41-56.; Mark H. Gelber 2006, “Deutsche Rassenlehre und Kulturzionismus,” in Christian Wiese (Ed.) Janusfiguren: Jüdische Heimstätte, Exil und Nation im deutschen Zionismus (Berlin: Metropol Verlag), 103-124.; Mark H. Gelber 2002, "Die frühesten Begriffe der jüdischen und deutschen Kultur und ihre Differenzierung in der deutsch-zionistischen Presse," in Michael Nagel (Ed.), Zwischen Selbstbehauptung und Verfolgung: Deutsch-jüdische Zeitungen und Zeitschriften von der Aufklärung bis zum Nationalsozialismus (Hildesheim, Zürich, New York: Georg Olms Verlag), 217-232.; Mark H. Gelber 2009, “The Hebraic Poetics of German Cultural Zionism: An ‘Umlaut’ over the ‘Vav,’” in Mark H. Gelber, Jakob Hessing and Robert Jütte (Eds.), Integration und Ausgrenzung. Studien zur deutsch-jüdischen Literaturß und Kulturgeschichte von der Frühen Neuzeit bis zur Gegenwart (Tübingen: Niemezer Verlag), 171-181.
- Gelber's comments on Franz Kafka's relationship to Zionism have appeared in Haaretz (http://www.haaretz.com/jewish-world/news/kafka-s-lifelong-dream-was-to-make-aliyah-1.252046), The New York Times (https://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/18/world/18kafka.html), (https://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/26/magazine/26kafka-t.html?pagewanted=all), and other publications.
- "Where does Kafka Belong? A Conversation held at the New School, New York, Oct. 23, 2013" with Mark M, Anderson, Mark H. Gelber and Vivian Liska. Convenor: Terri Gordon-Zolov. Published in Journal of the Kafka Society of America (2015), pp. 149-160.
- A selection of Gelber's articles and books on Franz Kafka include: Mark H. Gelber 2003, "Franz Kafka," Jewish Writers of the Twentieth Century, Ed. Sorrel Kerbel (London: Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers), 269-271.; Mark H. Gelber 2004 Kafka, Zionism, and Beyond (Tübingen: Niemeyer Verlag), 328 pp.; Mark H. Gelber 2004,"The Image of Kafka in Max Brod's 'Zauberreich der Liebe' and its Zionist Implications," in Mark H. Gelber (Ed.), Kafka, Zionism, and Beyond (Tübingen: Niemeyer Verlag), 271-282.; Mark H. Gelber 2008, „Kafka und zionistische Deutungen,“ in Oliver Jahraus und Bettina von Jagow (Eds.) Franz Kafka. Leben-Werk-Wirkung (Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2008), 293-303.
- See "Israeli Scholar Mark Gelber to Deliver First Biannual Zweig Lecture in The Observer, Feb 28, 2011.
- See, for instance, Stanislawski, Michael. Autobiographical Jews: Essays in Jewish Self-Fashioning.Seattle, WA: Washington UP,2004. 107.
- A selection of Gelber's articles and books on Stefan Zweig includes: Mark H. Gelber and Klaus Zelewitz, 1995 Stefan Zweig- Exil und Suche nach dem Weltfrieden (Riverside, Ca.: Ariadne Press), 345 pp.; Mark H. Gelber 1995, "'Die Welt von Gestern' als Exil-Literatur," in Mark H. Gelber and Klaus Zelewitz (Eds.), Stefan Zweig- Exil und Suche nach dem Weltfrieden (Riverside, Ca.: Ariadne), 148-163.; Mark H. Gelber 2007, Stefan Zweig Reconsidered: New Perspectives on his Literary and Biographical Writings (Tübingen: Niemeyer Verlag,), 225 pp.; Mark H. Gelber and Anna-Dorothea Ludewig. Stefan Zweig und Europa (Hildesheim: Olms Verlag), 2011, 240 pp.; Mark H. Gelber 2003, "Stefan Zweigs Conceptions of Exile," in Bernhard Greiner (Ed.) Placeless Topographies: Jewish Perspectives on the Literature of Exile (Tübingen: Niemeyer Verlag), 103-113.; Stefan Zweig - heute (New Yorker Studien Zur Neueren Deutschen Literaturgeschichte, Band). Peter Lang Publishing, 1987. Mark H. Gelber 1999, "Stefan Zweig auf hebräisch und die Rezeption in Israel," in Sigrid Schmid-Bortenschlager and Werner Riemer (Eds.), Stefan Zweig lebt, Salzburger Beiträge, Nr. 37 (Stuttgart: Verlag Hans-Dieter Heinz/ Akademischer Verlag), 121-130.; Mark H. Gelber 2011, "Stefan Zweig in Berlin und 'Die Welt von Gestern,'" in Mark H. Gelber und Anna-Dorothea Ludewig (hg.), Stefan Zweig und Europa (Hildesheim: Olms Verlag, 2011), 84-98.; Mark H. Gelber, Hans Otto Horch and Sigurd Paul Scheichl 1996, Von Franzos zu Canetti. Jüdische Autoren aus Österreich. Neue Studien (Tübingen: Niemeyer), 428 pp.
- Gelber, Mark (Ed). Identity and Ethos: A Festschrift for Sol Liptzin on the Occasion of his 85th Birthday (Bern: Peter Lang, 1986)
- A selection of articles and books on the subject of Yiddish-German Literary Relations includes: Mark H. Gelber 1986, "Das Judendeutsch in der deutschen Literatur. Einige Beispiele von den frühesten Lexika bis zu Gustav Freytag und Thomas Mann," in Stephane Moses and Albrecht Schöne (Eds.) Juden in der deutschen Literatur (Frankfurt a. Main: Suhrkamp), 162-178.; Mark H. Gelber 1986, "Sholem Asch, Josef Leftwich, and Stefan Zweig's Der begrabene Leuchter," in Mark H. Gelber (Ed.), Identity and Ethos: A Festschrift for Sol Liptzin on the Occasion of his 85th Birthday (Bern: Peter Lang), 101-120.; Mark H. Gelber 2003, "Stefan Zweig, Jiddisch und ostjüdische Kultur," in Zwischenwelt 8, Jiddische Kultur und Literatur aus Oesterreich, 103-114.
- Gelber, Mark H. "German-Jewish Literature and Culture and the Field of German Jewish Studies." The Jewish Contribution to Civilization: Reassessing an Idea. London: Oxford UP, 2008. 170. See also “Central European Jewish Literature,” Cambridge Dictionary of Jewish Religion, History, and Culture, Ed. Judith Baskin (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009), in press.
- See prev. footnote for citation.
- "Max Brod," Encyclopedia of Holocaust Literature, Vol. I, Ed. S. Lillian Kremer (London: Routledge, 2003), 191-193; and "Max Brod" in Metzler Lexikon jüdischer Philosophen. Philosophisches Denken des Judentums von der Antike bis zur Gegenwart, Ed. Andreas B. Kilcher and Otfried Fraisse (Stuttgart: J.B. Metzler Verlag, 2003), 361-363; "Max Brod," Jewish Writers of the Twentieth Century, Ed. Sorrel Kerbel, (London: Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers, 2003), 96-98.
- "The First Issue of Martin Buber's German-Jewish Journal Der Jude Appears," in Sander L. Gilman and Jack Zipes (Eds.), Yale Companion to Jewish Writing and Thought in German Culture 1096-1996. (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1997), 343-347.
- "Jakov Lind," Jewish Writers of the Twentieth Century, Ed. Sorrel Kerbel (London: Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers. 2003), 333-334
- "Chaim Noll," Metzler Lexikon der deutsch-jüdischen Literatur, Ed. Andreas B. Kilcher (Stuttgart: J.B.Metzler Verlag, 2000), 452-453
- These and other entries have been published in: Blackwell Companion to Jewish Culture. Ed. G. Abramson (Oxford: Blackwell, 1990); "The Concept of Diaspora and Exile in German-Jewish Literature and Art" and "The Concept of the Sephardi and the Ashkenazi in German-Jewish and German Anti-Semitic Thought" in Encyclopedia of the Jewish Diaspora: Origins, Experiences, and Culture, Volume 1. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2009. 42-48 and 48-52.; A selection of articles and books on the subject of German-Jewish Studies includes: Mark H. Gelber, Hans Otto Horch and Sigurd Paul Scheichl 1996, Von Franzos zu Canetti. Jüdische Autoren aus Österreich. Neue Studien (Tübingen: Niemeyer), 428 pp.; Mark H. Gelber 2004 Confrontations/Accommodations: German-Jewish Literary and Cultural Relations from Heine to Wassermann (Tübingen: Niemeyer Verlag). 288 pp.; Mark H. Gelber and Vivian Liska 2007 Theodor Herzl: From Europe to Zion (Tübingen: Niemeyer Verlag), 250 pp.; Mark H. Gelber, Jakob Hessing and Robert Jütte 2009. Integration und Ausgrenzung. Studien zur deutsch-jüdischen Literatur- und Kulturgeschichte von der Frühen Neuzeit bis zur Gegenwart (Tübingen: Niemeyer Verlag, 2009), 552 pp.; Mark H. Gelber 2003 "Internationalismus in der deutsch-jüdischen Literatur: Glückel Hameln, Georg Hermann, Julius Bab, und das Yale Handbuch," in Frank Stern and Maria Gerlinger (Eds.), Die deutsch-jüdische Erfahrung. Beiträge zum kulturellen Dialog (Berlin: Aufbau Verlag), 69-84.; Mark H. Gelber 2008, “German-Jewish Literature and Culture and the Field of German-Jewish Studies,” in Richard Cohen and Jeremy Cohen (Eds.) Jewish “Contributions” to Civilization (London: Littman Library), 158-175.; Mark H. Gelber 2011, "Wieso gibt es eigentlich keine Germanistik in Israel?" in Christian Kohlross und Hanni Mittelman (hg.), Auf den Spuren der Schrift (Tübingen: Niemeyer, 2011) , 19-30.; Mark H. Gelber 2012 Deutsch-Jüdische Kontextualisierungen (Bielefeld: Aisthesis Verlag) in press.