Ruth Fine is Salomon and Victoria Cohen Professor in Iberian Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Her fields of expertise are semiotics, literary theory and Iberian literatures and cultures, areas in which she has published books and articles.

She acts as the President of the Israeli Association of Hispanists and Vice-President of the AIH (Asociación Internacional de Hispanistas) and of the AC (Asociación Internacional de Cervantistas). She was awarded the "Orden del Mérito Civil" by the King of Spain for her contribution to Spanish culture.

In 2016 she was elected corresponding member of the Royal Spanish Academy (Real Academia Española).

Research Interests

  • Spanish Golden Age Literature
  • The Literature of the Conversos after 1492
  • Semiotics and Literary Theory
  • The Work of Cervantes
  • The Presence of the Bible and of Jewish Elements in the Work of Cervantes
  • Contemporary Ibero-American literature
  • The Work of Jorge Luis Borges


Currently Teaching (Academic Year 2016-2017)

B.A courses

  • Introduction to Latin American Narrative
  • Basic Elements of Narrative Theory in Latin American Literature (20th & 21st Cent)
  • Tutorial in Iberian and Latin American Literautre
  • In the Footsteps of Don Quijote: A Journey to the Spanish Golden Age Literature (16th and 17th centuries)


M.A courses

  • Cervantes and Borges: Aesthetic Perspectives in Dialogue (II)
  • The marvelous literary world of Cervantes "Persiles"
  • Tutorial in Iberian and Latin American Literature