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Heksherim Research Institute for Jewish
& Israeli Literature & Culture

Yigal Schwartz (1954) is the founding director "Heksherim": The Research Institute for Jewish and Israeli Literature and Culture at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. Schwartz earned his Ph.D from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem in 1989 and did post-doctoral work at Oxford University, England.  He has been a visiting lecturer at Harvard University, as well as at the University of Michigan. He was Head of the Hebrew Literature department at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Head of the Hebrew Literature department at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, and was head of Hebrew literature division at Keter Publishing.  Schwartz has authored thirteenth books and numerous scholarly articles.  He has edited over 250 reference books and literary works in Israel and abroad. His writings have been translated and  published in ten languages. He Edited the literary series Critical Mass  (מסה קריטית) and From Here (מכאן), a journal for the study of Israeli literature, and serves co-editor of the journal “Israel Review-BGU."  He is the senior literary editor for Kinneret Zmora-Bitan Dvir, the largest publisher in Israel.


Select Publications

1.   Schwartz, Yigal. Aharon Reuveni: A Selection of Critical Writings About    his Work.אהרון ראובני: מבחר מאמרי ביקורת על יצירתו  (in Hebrew). Tel Aviv: Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1992, 240 pp.

2.   Schwartz, Yigal. Living for Living: Aharon Reuveni, a Monograph.לחיות כדי לחיות: אהרון ראובני- מונוגרפיה  (in Hebrew). Jerusalem: Yad Yitzhak Ben-Zvi and Magnes, Hebrew University, 1993, 339 pp.

3.   Schwartz, Yigal. From Individual Lament to Tribal Eternity: Aharon Appelfeld's Worldview. קינת היחיד ונצח השבט: אהרון אפלפלד- תמונת עולם (in Hebrew). Jerusalem: Keter and Magnes, Hebrew University, 1996, 235 pp.

4.  Schwartz, Yigal. Aharon Appelfeld: From Individual Lament to Tribal Eternity (in English). Hanover and London: Brandeis University Press and the University Press of New England, 2001, 194 pp. (The English edition includes an introduction by Prof. Arnold Band of UCLA.)

5.  Schwartz, Yigal, Vantage Point. מה שרואים מכאן: סוגיות בהיסטוריוגרפיה של הספרות העברית. (in Hebrew).  Tel Aviv: Dvir Publishing House, 460 pp.

6.  Schwartz, Yigal. Do You Know The Land Where The Lemon Tree Blooms?  הידעת את הארץ שם הלימון פורח (in Hebrew).  Tel Aviv: Dvir Publishing house, 650 pp.

7.  Schwartz, Yigal. Believer without a Church: Four Essays on A. Appelfeld מאמין בלי כנסייה: ארבע מסות על א. אפלפלד (in Hebrew). Dvir Publishing House, 2009.

8. Schwartz, Yigal. The Cult of the Writer and Religion of the State (in Hebrew) פולחן הסופר ודת המדינה, Dvir Publishing House, 2011.

9. Schwartz Yigal, The Ashkenazim: Center Vs. East (in Hebrew) האשכנזים: המרכז נגד המזרח, Dvir and Bar-Ilan University Press, Or Yehuda, 2014.

10. Schwartz Yigal, The Narrative Art of Aharon Appelfeld,(in Hebrew) ,אמנות הסיפור של אהרון אפלפלד Dvir and Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Or Yehuda, 2014.

11. Schwartz Yigal, The Zionist Paradox: Hebrew Literature and Israeli  Identity, Brandeis University Press, Translated by Michal Sapir, Waltham, Massachusetts, 2014, 338 pp.

12. Schwartz Yigal, The Rebirth of Hebrew Literature, Pegisha – Encounters. Jewish Studies. Vol. 9, Peter Lang GmbH, 2016, 178 pp.

13. Schwartz, Yigal, Tzur, Shai, Rashkes, Nufar, A Lamenter in Leopard-Print Pants: The Narrative Art of Zeruya Shalev (in Hebrew) ,מקוננת במכנסי נמר: אמנות הסיפור של צרויה שלו Beer Sheva and Tel Aviv: Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and Miskal, 2017, 337 pp. 


Reaserch Novel:

1. Schwartz Yigal, Hungerain Chorus, (in Hebrew) מקהלה הונגרית, Dvir, Or Yehuda, 2014.


Children's Book:

1. Schwartz, Zohar & Schwartz, Yigal. What is the Moon Really Made Of? Kinneret Zmora-Bitan Publishing House, 2010.