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New Perspectives on the Haskalah
     

New Perspectives on the Haskalah

by Shmuel Feiner (Editor)
 

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This volume, written by a range of scholars in history and literature, offers a new understanding of one of the central cultural and ideological movements among Jews in modern times. Disengaging the Haskalah from the questions of modernization or emancipation that have hitherto dominated the scholarship, the contributors put the Haskalah under a microscope in order to

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This volume, written by a range of scholars in history and literature, offers a new understanding of one of the central cultural and ideological movements among Jews in modern times. Disengaging the Haskalah from the questions of modernization or emancipation that have hitherto dominated the scholarship, the contributors put the Haskalah under a microscope in order to restore detail and texture to the individuals, ideas, and activities that were its makers in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. In particular, they replace simple dichotomies with nuanced distinctions, presenting the relationship between 'tradition' and Haskalah as a spectrum of closely linked cultural options rather than a fateful choice between old and new or good and evil. The essays address major and minor figures; ask whether there was such an entity as an 'early Haskalah', or a Haskalah movement in England, look at key issues such as the relationship of the Haskalah to Orthodoxy and hasidism, and also treat such neglected subjects as the position of women. New Perspectives on the Haskalah will interest all students of modern Jewish history, literature, and culture. (PRINT ON DEMAND)

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Contributors attempt to separate the Haskalah from questions of modernization and emancipation in this examination of one of the central cultural and ideological movements among Jews in modern times. They look at individuals, ideas, and activities of the Haskalah during the 18th and 19th centuries. Topics include the Haskalah in England, the Haskalah's transformation of the traditional genre, and descriptions of women in Haskalah fiction. Contributors are academics in Jewish history, theology, Hebrew literature, and Jewish studies. Feiner teaches modern Jewish history at Bar Ilan University. Sorkin is professor of Jewish Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Distributed by ISBS. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781904113263
Publisher:
Littman Library of Jewish Civilization
Publication date:
09/01/2004
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.57(d)

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