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Head of the department: Dr. Gur Zak
Office hours: Tue. 15:00-16:00

Secretary: Meital Biton
Tel. +972-2-5883581
Office hours: Sun. 14.30-11.30, Mon.-Thu. 10:00 - 13:00
Location: Room 4503   


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Dr. Gur Zak

Head of Department

I am a senior lecturer and chair of the Department of Comparative Literature at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where I have been teaching since 2009. I completed my PhD at the Centre for Medieval Studies at the University of Toronto in 2008. My primary research interest lies in the interrelations between literature and ethics in the later Middle Ages and the Italian Renaissance, with a particular emphasis on the works of Dante, Petrarch, and Boccaccio. My first book, Petrarch’s Humanism and the Care of the Self, was published by Cambridge UP in 2010. I recently completed a second book, entitled Boccaccio and the Consolation of Literature. My current research project deals with literary, philosophical, and theological attitudes to compassion in the later Middle Ages and the Renaissance. I have published articles on medieval and Renaissance literature in journals such as Speculum, MLN, and I Tatti Studies, and have contributed chapters to The Cambridge Companion to Petrarch, The Cambridge Companion to Boccaccio, and The Oxford Handbook of Medieval Latin Literature. Besides my work on Italian Renaissance Literature, I am also interested in the history of autobiography from antiquity to the present and contemporary theories of affects.