Autobiographical Jews

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Overview

Autobiographical Jews examines the nature of autobiographical writing by Jews from antiquity to the present, and the ways in which such writings can legitimately be used as sources for Jewish history. Drawing on current literary theory, which questions the very nature of autobiographical writing and its relationship to what we normally designate as the truth, and, to a lesser extent, the new cognitive neurosciences, Michael Stanislawski analyzes a number of crucial and complex autobiographical texts written by Jews through the ages.
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Slavic Review
This slim, brilliant book has yielded a series of cutting edge works by some of the leading scholars in Jewish Studies.... A provocative tour de force.
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A remarkable, rewarding study... Stanislawski presents each of the life stories within the context of social and cultural history, and in so doing displays his erudition and knowledge. This is a challenging, intellectually stimulating work.
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Meet the Author

Michael Stanislawski is Nathan J. Miller Professor of History, Columbia University. He is the author of Zionism and the Fin de Siècle, For Whom Do I Toil?, and Psalms for the Tsar.

University of Washington Press

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Table of Contents

Introduction : autobiography, the Jews, and episodic memory 3
1 Josephus's life 18
2 In the culture of the Rabbis : Asher of Reichshofen and Glikl of Hameln 32
3 Two Russian Jews : Moshe Leib Lilienblum and Osip Mandelstam 54
4 Autobiography as farewell I : Stefan Zweig 103
5 Autobiography as farewell II : Sarah Kofman 139
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