Dennis Sobolev is a literary scholar and writer, Associate Professor at the Department of Hebrew and Comparative Literature, and the BA Honors Program at the University of Haifa. His academic interests include cultural theory, philosophical approaches to literature, metaphor and allegory, Victorian and Modernist poetry, religious literature, the literatures of the Jewish diaspora and interculturality.
Born in St. Petersburg (Leningrad) in 1971, Sobolev graduated with excellence from the BA Honors Program and the English Department. He received his PhD in English literature and literary theory from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 1999. He is the author of six books, has published numerous poems, short stories and essays, as well as more than fifty academic articles on literature and culture, which have been published in nine countries. His articles have appeared in New Literary History, Language and Literature: Journal of the Poetics and Linguistics Association, Voprosy Literatury, SEL: Studies in English Literature 1600-1900, Victorian Literature and Culture, Christianity and Literature, English: the Journal of the English Association, English Studies, Connotations, Texas Studies in Literature and Language, Nineteenth-Century Literature Criticism, Mejdunarodnyi Journal Issledovanii Kultury, The Hopkins Quarterly, The Victorian Newsletter, The Explicator, and other journals. Of these essays, fifteen have been devoted to various aspects of the writings of the first European Modernist, Gerard Manley Hopkins: from the language of mysticism to the representations of the body.
Dennis Sobolev has delivered numerous presentations at different academic conferences. He has received the Distinguished Teacher Award on two occasions; he has also served as the Director of Graduate Studies in Literature. He has been and is a member of various committees at the level of the department, the faculty, and the university. He is occasionally asked to review articles, which are submitted to different journals and the collections of essays, as well as the projects submitted to Israeli Science Foundation. He has also co-organized several conferences. In addition, he has given more than 40 popular lectures (including the national theater Habima), as well as talks on radio and TV.
He is the author of the novel Jerusalem (shortlisted for the 2006 Russian Booker Prize) and the book Res Judaica, which analyzes a broad spectrum of cultural encounters between Christian and Jewish civilizations (2007). His fundamental study – The Concepts Used to Analyze ‘Culture’: A Critique of Twentieth-Century Ways of Thinking (2010) – is devoted to the clarification and analysis of the concepts of the individual and culture, as they have gradually appeared from the development of literary criticism, theoretical historiography, anthropology, semiotics, ideological criticism, and cultural studies over the course of the twentieth century. Sobolev’s most recent book – The Split World of Gerard Manley Hopkins: An Essay in Semiotic Phenomenology (2011) – analyzes the entire Hopkins oeuvre, as well as proposes a new approach to the phenomenological analysis of literature. His next book – Fourteen Tales of Love and Time – is forthcoming.