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History and Literature: New Readings of Jewish Texts in Honor of Arnold J. Band

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Arnold Band ran the graduate program in modern Hebrew literature at UCLA. He insisted that understanding the texts required both close readings and an attention to historical context. Band also stressed the interrelationship between Hebrew and Yiddish works, as well as the importance of the impact of Western languages and the classical Jewish texts. Cutter (Hebrew literature, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles) and Jacobson (Judaic studies, Brown U.) present 38 essays chosen to honor...
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Overview

Arnold Band ran the graduate program in modern Hebrew literature at UCLA. He insisted that understanding the texts required both close readings and an attention to historical context. Band also stressed the interrelationship between Hebrew and Yiddish works, as well as the importance of the impact of Western languages and the classical Jewish texts. Cutter (Hebrew literature, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles) and Jacobson (Judaic studies, Brown U.) present 38 essays chosen to honor his work by reflecting the range of his concerns. Also included are three papers that explicitly examine his academic contributions. Distributed by the Society of Biblical Literature. Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781930675131
  • Publisher: Brown Judaic Studies
  • Publication date: 9/1/2002
  • Series: Brown Judaic Studies
  • Pages: 506

Table of Contents

Preface ix
Two Views of Arnold Band xiii
Reflections on Arnold Band, Scholar, Teacher, Mentor xxi
Dor Dor Vedorshav: Of Fathers and Sons xxxiii
Part I Classical Jewish Texts and Modern Interpreters
Two Literary Talmudic Readings 3
Sefer Ha'aggadah: Triumph or Tragedy? 17
"The Scroll of Fire": An Interpretation 27
Rabbi Nahman's Third Beggar 41
Parallel Worlds: Wissenschaft and Pesaq in the Seridei Esh 55
A Third Guide for the Perplexed? Simon Rawidowicz "On Interpretation" 75
Part II S. Y. Agnon
S. Y. Agnon's "From Foe to Friend": Agnon between Berit Shalom and Berit Yosef Trumpeldor 91
Is Tehillah Worthy of Her Praise? 107
Religious Ecstasy, Erotic Turmoil, and Christian Innuendoes in S. Y. Agnon's "Haneshiqah Harishonah" ("First Kiss") 117
Flirtation in S. Y. Agnon's Shira 125
Reb Nahman Krochmal in Jaffa: A Hallucinatory Vision in S. Y. Agnon's Temol Shilshom 137
Childish Distortions of Rabbinic Texts in S. Y. Agnon's "Hamitpahat" 147
What "Dances" in Agnon's "Dance of Death" 161
Agnon from a Medieval Perspective 171
Part III Diaspora
"The Wealthy Senor Miguel": A Study of a Sephardic Novella 189
The Imagined Jew: Heinrich Heine's "Prinzessin Sabbath" 209
The Way of the "Wail of the Wind": Peretz Smolenskin's Latent, Worthy Ars Poetica 223
Assonance and Its Share in Irony: Comments on Sefer Haqabtsanim 235
Three Kalikes: A Comparative Study of Mendele, Agnon, and Bashevis 241
Some Crosscurrents of Linguistic Nationalism: M.Y. Berdyczewski on the Centrality of Hebrew 253
Bialik's "Tsafririm": Innocence and Experience 265
Death in a Furnished Room: Rereading Isaac Rosenfeld's Obituaries 279
Philip Roth, Jewish Identity, and the Satire of Modern Success 289
Part IV Zionism, Holocaust, and Israel
Rachel and the Female Voice: Labor, Gender, and the Zionist Pioneer Vision 303
Revising the Past: The Image of the Idyllic "Village" 319
Why Did the River Turn Red? On the Story "Orsha" by Gershon Schofmann 329
A Prayer of Homecoming by Abraham Sutzkever 339
The Kernel 351
Who Is a Jew? Dan Ben Amotz's Novel To Remember, To Forget 357
Rereading Dan Pagis's "Abba" 369
What Learning Is Most Worth? 379
Aharon Megged's "Burden" in His Portrayals of the Effects of Israel's Wars 389
Shading the Truth: A. B. Yehoshua's "Facing the Forests" 409
Political Mothers: Women's Voice and the Binding of Isaac in Israeli Poetry 419
Zionist Dreams and Savyon Liebrecht's "A Cow Named Virginia" 439
Between Genesis and Sophocles: Biblical Psychopolitics in A. B. Yehoshua's Mr. Mani 451
Amichai's Open Closed Open and Now and in Other Days: A Poetic Dialogue 465
The Frigid Option: A Psychocultural Study of the Novel Love Life by Zeruya Shalev 479
Publications of Arnold J. Band 489
Contributors 497
Permissions 505
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