Ilana Pardes is Professor of Comparative Literature at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where she has been teaching since 1992. She received her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of California, Berkeley in 1990. She taught at Princeton University in 1990-1992 and as Visiting Professor at UC Berkeley in 1996 and in 2006 and at Harvard in 2012. During the fall of 2009 she was a Fellow at the Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at Penn. She was a Senior Fellow at Scholion, Interdisciplinary Research Center in Jewish Studies at HU in 2008-2011. Her work has focused on the nexus of Bible, literature, and culture as well as on questions of aesthetics and hermeneutics. She is the author of Countertraditions in the Bible: A Feminist Approach (Harvard University Press, 1992), The Biography of Ancient Israel: National Narratives in the Bible (University of California Press, 2000), Melville's Bibles (University of California, 2008); Agnon's Moonstruck Lovers: The Song of Songs in Israeli Culture (The Samuel and Althea Stroum Lectures in Jewish Studies, University of Washington Press, 2013). She is currently working on a comparative study of the Song's reception titled The Song of Songs: A Biography (to be published by Princeton University Press as part of the Lives of Great Religious Books series).