Ariel Hirschfeld is an Israeli scholar and critic of literature and art and a professor of literature at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He was born in Pardes Hannah in 1953 to parents from Germany. Hirschfeld studied Hebrew literature and musicology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and has been the head of the Department of Hebrew Literature at the University and co-editor of the periodical Jerusalem Studies in Hebrew Literature. He has published about ten books so far. Today he also teaches at Alma College, the Hebrew University Secondary School and the Bezalel Academy of the Arts. In 2009 he received the Prime Minister’s Award for Hebrew authors. He lives in Jerusalem.