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Professor Kronfeld teaches Hebrew, Yiddish and Comparative Literature with a special emphasis on modern poetry. She is interested in modernism, minor literatures, the politics of literary history, feminist stylistics, intertextuality, and translation studies. Professor Kronfeld is the author of On the Margins of Modernism (1995), which won the MLA Scaglione Prize in 1998 for Best Book in Comparative Literary Studies.
Her co-translation (with Chana Bloch) of Yehuda Amichai’s Open Closed Open won the National Endowment for the Arts and the Marie Syrkin Awards. She is the recipient (with Chana Bloch) of the top 2005-6 National Endowment for the Arts award for the translation and annotated edition of Hovering at a Low Altitude: The Collected Poetry of Dahlia Ravikovitch (N.Y. W.W. Norton, 2009) and the winner in the translation category for the Northern California Book Awards.
Chana Kronfeld is currently preparing for publication a monograph titled “The Full Severity of Compassion: The Poetry of Yehuda Amichai” and a collection of essays in collaboration with graduate students titled Rewriting the Land as Woman.