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Prof. Adam Rovner

Adam Rovner

Adam Rovner
Associate Professor of English and Jewish literature
University of Denver

Sturm Hall, Room 387D
2000 E. Asbury Ave.
Denver, CO 80208
Phone: 303-871-2861

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Adam Rovner continues to present his research on the intellectual history of Territorialism, the ideological movement to create homelands for persecuted Jews in the first half of the 20th Century.  His book on Territorialism, In the Shadow of Zion: Promised Lands Before Israel is forthcoming from NYU Press in November 2014. To learn more about his work, visit

An essay ("Portuguese Palestine") drawn from his research, which was supported by a University PROF grant, was published in December 2012 in the UK magazine History Today. Several other articles recently appeared, including: "Forcing the End: Apocalyptic Israeli Fiction (1971-2009)" in Narratives of Dissent: War in Contemporary Israeli Arts and Culture (Wayne State UP), "Hebrew Literature post-1948" in The Cambridge Dictionary of Jewish Religion, History and Culture, "Promised Lands: Alfred Döblin as a Territorialist Ideologue" in Ma'arav: Art, Culture, Media, and an interview with Nathan Englander in English Literature Notes. Adam Rovner's short documentary, "No Land Without Heaven: Isaac Nachman Steinberg and the Freeland League," was screened at the Center for Jewish History (Manhattan), the Bibliotheque Medem (Paris) the Israeli Center for Digital Art (Holon), and is now featured on


Adam has recently presented lectures at Florida International University (Miami), The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Israel), The University of Haifa (Israel), Southern Methodist University (Dallas), the Jackman Humanities Institute at the University of Toronto, the University of Colorado-Boulder, the University of Illinois, and King's College London (UK).


PhD (Comparative Literature), Indiana University, Indiana; MA (Comparative Literature), The Hebrew University of Jerusalem