Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature
B.M., B.A., M.A., Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin
Michal Raizen received her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature with a sub-specialty in Ethnomusicology from the University of Texas at Austin in 2014. Trained as a classical cellist, Raizen’s musical background has played a significant role in her interdisciplinary approach to teaching and research. Her doctoral project, Ecstatic Feedback: Toward an Ethics of Audition in the Contemporary Literary Arts of the Mediterranean, examines the question of audition in novels, essays, epistolary writing, and films out of Egypt, Israel, Palestine, Lebanon, and Morocco. Her work takes into account the overlap between the act of listening, the trials and tribulations of hearing, and the performative aspects of lending an ear. She looks at the ways in which authors and filmmakers foreground these moments of audition by placing a thematic and narrative emphasis on the musical all-stars of the Arab world and their artistic legacies.
Raizen was a 2011–2012 fellow at the Center for Arabic Study Abroad at the American University in Cairo. This year of intensive Arabic study in post-revolution Cairo was pivotal in shaping her research interests. She is currently working on an article titled “Thus Spoke Cohen: On the Translation of Hebrew Literature in Cairo.” Raizen has presented her research at conferences in the United States, Israel, and Canada.
Areas of Interest / Expertise
Contemporary Hebrew, Arabic and Franco-Maghrebi literatures, Ethnomusicology. Other interests include Arab-Jewish studies, translation studies, contemporary Egyptian literature and culture, and the Franco-North African philosophical connection.