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Neil H. Hertz

Professor Emeritus

Educational Background

Harvard University, MA
Amherst College, BA


Neil Hertz studied at Amherst and Harvard before coming to Cornell in 1961. He taught courses on autobiographical writing, on writing about cities, on eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British literature, focusing on the notion of the sublime, and on psychoanalysis.  In 1983 he moved to Johns Hopkins, where he taught similar courses, tilting the emphasis more towards urban literature.  He retired in 2005, moved back to Ithaca in 2010, and has taught, since then, for a couple of semesters in the program Bard College has set up in Palestine in collaboration with Al Quds University, just outside Jerusalem in the Occupied Territories.


  • English


  • writing about historical and contemporary Jerusalem