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Jewish Writing and the Deep Places of the Imagination

Jewish Writing and the Deep Places of the Imagination

by Mark Krupnick
     
 

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    When he learned he had ALS and roughly two years to live, literary critic Mark Krupnick returned to the writers who had been his lifelong conversation partners and asked with renewed intensity: how do you live as a Jew, when, mostly, you live in your head? The evocative and sinuous essays collected here are the products of this inquiry.

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    When he learned he had ALS and roughly two years to live, literary critic Mark Krupnick returned to the writers who had been his lifelong conversation partners and asked with renewed intensity: how do you live as a Jew, when, mostly, you live in your head? The evocative and sinuous essays collected here are the products of this inquiry. In his search for durable principles, Krupnick follows Lionel Trilling, Cynthia Ozick, Geoffrey Hartman, Philip Roth, Saul Bellow, and others into the elemental matters of life and death, sex and gender, power and vulnerability.

    The editors—Krupnick’s wife, Jean K. Carney, and literary critic Mark Shechner—have also included earlier essays and introductions that link Krupnick’s work with the “deep places” of his own imagination.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“Mark Krupnick’s great gift as a critic was his knack for cutting through the elaborate disguises writers throw up and seeing those writers as struggling human beings like the rest of us. This gift is beautifully on display in Mark’s wonderful and amazing final book.”—Gerald Graff, University of Illinois at Chicago

“Krupnick’s style is subtle and resists simple description. It is clear and unadorned, even when he writes about raucous texts like Roth’s Sabbath’s Theater.  He was someone who did not feel the need for flashy effect; yet he reaches some invigorating heights.”—Eric Homberger, University of East Anglia

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780299214401
Publisher:
University of Wisconsin Press
Publication date:
12/09/2005
Edition description:
1
Pages:
382
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

Mark Krupnick (1939-2003) was professor in the Divinity School at the University of Chicago, editor of Displacement: Derrida and After, and author of Lionel Trilling and the Fate of Cultural Criticism and more than two hundred essays and reviews.

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