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The Faculty of Humanities
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Mount Scopus
Jerusalem, 9190501

Department Head and Director of Literature Studies: Prof. Ruth Fine,

Director of Historical Studies: Dr. Claudia Kedar,

Director of Linguistic Studies: Dr. Aldina Quintana,

Department Advisors for BA Students: Dr. Claudia Kedar and Mr. Itay Baruj,

Department Advisors for MA and PHD Students: Prof. Ruth Fine (Literature) and Dr. Claudia Kedar (History)


For administrative matters, please contact
Ms. Adva Cohen,
Tel. 02-5883616
Office hours: Sun., Mon., Wed., Thur., 10:00-13:00.
Room: 4502, Faculty of Humanities, Mount Scopus


Prof. Ruth Fine

Department Head and Director of Literature Studies
M.A./PhD advisor (Literature)
Room: 6606 (Humanities), Office hours: Wednesday 14.00-16.00


Research Interests: Spanish Golden Age Literature, The Literature of the Conversos after 1492, Semiotics and Literary Theory, The Work of Cervantes, The Presence of the Bible and of Jewish Elements in the Work of Cervantes, Contemporary Ibero-American literature, The Work of Jorge Luis Borges


Ruth Fine is Salomon and Victoria Cohen Professor in Iberian and Latin American Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel, where she acts as Head of the Department of Spanish and Latin-American Studies. Her fields of expertise are semiotics and literary theory, the Spanish Golden Age literature, and the literature of the Conversos. In these areas she has published numerous articles and books among them: Una lectura semiótico narratológica del Quijote (2006); Cervantes y las religiones (ed. with S. López Navia, Iberoamericana/Vervuert, 2008); La Biblia en la literatura del Siglo de Oro (ed. with con I. Arellano, 2010); Lo converso: orden imaginario y realidad en la cultura española (siglos XIV-XVII) (ed. with M. Guillemont and Juan D. Vila, 2013); Reescrituras bíblicas cervantinas (2014).  She acts as the President of the Israeli Association of Hispanists, Vice-President of the AIH and of the International Association of Cervantistas, responsible for the Iberian Section of the Masterpieces Translation Program of the Ministry of Culture and member of the Board of the AISO (International Association of the Golden Age). In 2013 she was awarded the "Orden del Mérito Civil" by the King of Spain for her contribution to Spanish culture. In 2016 she was appointed Correspondent Member of the Royal Spanish Academy.