Robert Alter is the Class of 1937 Professor of Hebrew and Comparative Literature at the University of California at Berkeley, where he has taught since 1967.
Articles by Robert Alter
Reading Genesis as a Book
The story of the family that will become the people of Israel is seen as the focus of a larger, universal history.
The Pioneers of Modern Hebrew Literature
Writing Hebrew literature in the 19th century was no simple matter, and those who did were the elite of the elite.
Modern Hebrew Literature: Early Challenges
The pioneers of modern Hebrew literature took a cumbersome, unspoken language and created a vibrant literary tradition.
The Emergence of Modern Hebrew Literature
Modern Hebrew literature got an ideological start in Germany, then found artistic maturity in the East.
Jewish writers chose Hebrew, not German or Russian or even Yiddish, as the language with which to build a modern literary tradition.