Monash University

Embargoed and Restricted Access

Reason: Under embargo until 6 September 2024. After this date a copy can be supplied under Section 51(2) of the Australian Copyright Act 1968 by submitting a document delivery request through your library

The Rose of Thirteen Petals and the Pomegranate Tree & Literary Evocations of the Zohar in Contemporary Fiction

posted on 2023-09-06, 04:52 authored by MERAV FIMA
This dissertation explores the role of the Zohar as an ever-relevant source of inspiration and as a model for the representation of the mystical experience in contemporary works of literary fiction. The creative component consists of a novel narrating a young aspiring poet and literature scholar’s quest to acquire Spanish citizenship in order to gain access to the Royal Spanish Archives. The critical component places the Zohar in the context of medieval Iberian literature in order to establish its nature as a fictional literary work, while examining the possibility of the mystical novel inspired by the Zohar.


Principal supervisor

Ali Alizadeh

Additional supervisor 1

Stewart King

Year of Award


Department, School or Centre

School of Language, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics


Doctor of Philosophy (Creative Writing)

Degree Type


Campus location



Faculty of Arts