Rothschild Postdoctoral Fellow
Dr. Itay Marienberg-Milikowsky completed his PhD in the Department of Hebrew Literature, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Be'er Sheva, Israel (2015). His first book (based on his MA thesis), ‘We Know Not What Has Become of Him: Literature and Meaning in Talmudic Aggada’ has been published recently (Bar-Ilan University Press, 2016). He was awarded the Rothschild Postdoctoral Fellowship (Yad-Hanadiv Foundation) for the year 2016–2017, and thanks to it he is currently a visiting scholar in the ICN, Hamburg University, taking part in the team of Prof. Dr. Jan Christoph Meister.
His present-day project is ‘The Rise of Narrativity in Talmudic Literature: Computational Prespectives’. The Babylonian Talmud, a rich and complex text of huge proportions, is a compilation of the work of Jewish sages active in the Sasanian Empire in late antiquity, considered as one of the most influential works in Jewish cultural history. Notably, it often emplots the legal and exegetical discourse of these sages within narrative templates, some of which develop into actual stories and others of which remain in the form of contours. In both cases they imbue the text with color and vitality and contribute to the Talmud’s place in the history of Hebrew literary genres. Through computational narratology perspectives, the research aims to map and analyze the smallest linguistic fragments that construct this meaningful stylistic process.
Research interests: Hebrew literature, the Babylonian Talmud, literary theory, narratology, digital humanities.