Professor Igal Shvartz

Subject: Hebrew Literature

Department/Institution: Research Institute for Jewish and Israeli Literature and Culture, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

Contact: yigals@bgu.ac.il


Professor Igal Shvartz is the Founding Director of Heksherim: the Research Institute for Jewish and Israeli Literature and Culture at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. Professor Shvartz earned his Ph.D (Summa Cum Laude) from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem in 1989 and conducted post-doctoral research at Oxford University, England.  He has been a Visiting Professor at Harvard University; University of Michigan; Budapest University of Technology and Economics; and at Doshisha University, Japan. He served as the Head of the Hebrew Literature department at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and as the Head of the Hebrew Literature department at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.

Professor Shvartz has authored thirteen research books (three of them were translated to English and one is translated in these days to Chinese); a research novel; a children’s book; and numerous scholarly articles. His writings have been published in eleven languages. He is a Senior Literary Editor at Kinneret Zmora Dvir, the largest publisher in Israel, and the Senior Literary Editor of the literary series Side wind (Rouah Tzad) & Retro with Moria Dayan-Codish. He is also the Literary Editor (with Dayan-Codish) of the series Nitche (Gumha) in Pardes Publishing house. He also serves as Co-Editor of the journal Israel Review – BGU. Professor Schwartz has edited 300 reference books and literary works in Israel and abroad.