Professor Jeffrey Perl, Ph.D.

Professor Jeffrey Perl
  • Bar-Ilan University
  • Princeton University
After six or seven reads, it gets easier is how a gas station attendant in Dayton told NPR why "Ulysses" was not too hard a novel to be his favorite. Reducing the number of readings required by five is my aim in this lecture series.

Dr. Jeffrey Perl is Professor of English Literature at Bar-Ilan University, Israel. He earned his A.B., summa cum laude, from Stanford University, did postgraduate work at Oxford University, and earned his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Princeton University. Prior to taking his position in Israel, Professor Perl held teaching positions at Columbia University and the University of Texas at Dallas. He has been a Guggenheim Fellow, a Rockefeller Foundation Fellow in the Humanities, a visiting Fellow at Mansfield College at Oxford, a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow, and a Fulbright Professor at Hebrew University. He is the author of numerous books, articles, reviews, monographs, and anthologies, including Skepticism and Modern Enmity: Before and After Eliot (1989) and The Tradition of Return: The Implicit History of Modern Literature (1984). He is the founder and editor of Common Knowledge: A Journal of Intellectual History and Cultural Studies. Common Knowledge is winner of the Award for Best Journal in the Humanities and Social Sciences from the Association of American Publishers.


"Dr. Perl is a superb lecturer. Precise organization, excellent outlines, all leading to new insights and clarity."