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David HertzDavid Hertz

Professor of Comparative Literature

(812) 855-0648

Ballantine Hall 907

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Currently chair of the department, David Michael Hertz is a professor of comparative literature at Indiana University in Bloomington. His most recent book, Eugenio Montale, The Fascist Storm and the Jewish Sunflower, is an extensive study of the Clizia myth in the works of Montale, who is arguably the greatest modern Italian poet, and the biographical and historical context connected to the development of Montale’s myth.  His earlier books include Frank Lloyd Wright in Word and FormAngels of Reality: Emersonian Unfoldings in Frank Lloyd Wright, Wallace Stevens and Charles Ives;  and The Tuning of the Word: the Musico-literary Poetics of Symbolist Movement.  Interested readers may consult his “Amazon Author’s Page” at  Hertz has written on modern poetry, music, drama, and architectural history. A composer and pianist, Hertz is the co-founder of the Center for Comparative Arts at Indiana University.  He has received grants from the Mellon and Graham foundations and is listed in Who's Who Among College Teachers. He earned B.A. (comparative literature), B.S. (music), and M.A. (comparative literature) degrees at Indiana University, and a Ph.D. in comparative literature from New York University. Since 2002, he has served as a member of the National Council on the Humanities of the National Endowment for the Humanities in Washington, DC.