Jewish Writing and the Deep Places of the Imagination [NOOK Book]

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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 ...

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Overview


    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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780299214432
  • Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
  • Publication date: 1/9/2006
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 382
  • File size: 567 KB

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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Table of Contents


Contents
Acknowledgments
Foreword by Jean K. Carney
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Preface by Mark Shechner
Introduction
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I. Jewish Writers and "The Deep Places of the Imagination"
"A Shit-Filled Life": Philip Roth's Sabbath's Theater
"We Are Here to Be Humiliated": Philip Roth's Recent Fiction
Geoffrey Hartman, Wordsworth, and Holocaust Testimonies
Cynthia Ozick: Embarrassments
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II. Lionel Trilling and the Ordeal of Civility
Lionel Trilling and "The Deep Places of the Imagination"
The Trillings: A Marriage of True Minds?
Lionel Trilling and the Politics of Style
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III. Critics and Polemics
Philip Rahv: "He Never Learned to Swim"
Alfred Kazin and Irving Howe
The Two Worlds of Cultural Criticism
Edmund Wilson and Gentile Philo-Semitism
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IV. Portraits and Obits
Listmania in Humboldt's Gift
Assimilation in Recent American Jewish Autobiographies
Revisiting Morrie: Were His Last Words Too Good To Be True?
The Art of the Obituary
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V. Last Words
Why Are English Departments Still Fighting the Culture Wars?
Upon Retirement
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Biographical Summary
Publications
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