Yael Kenan wins 2016 Horst Frenz Prize for "'Dialogue in Monologue' -- Addressing Darwish in Hebrew"
Yael Kenan has been awarded the 2016 Horst Frenz Prize for the best graduate student presentation during the annual meeting of the American Comparative Literature Association at Harvard University in spring 2016. Her paper "'Dialogue in Monologue'-- Addressing Darwish in Hebrew" was a study of Palestinian poet, Mahmoud Darwish, writing in Arabic, and the responses to his poetry by two Israeli poets, Almog Behar and Sami Shalom Cherit, writing in Hebrew. The judges were impressed by the "eloquent demonstration that different languages needn't pose impossible barriers to mutual understanding" and a "moving testimony to the power of poetry to cross linguistic barriers." Yael will receive her prize at the 2017 ACLA meeting in the Netherlands.