The Ritual of New Creation: Jewish Tradition and Contemporary Literature

The Ritual of New Creation: Jewish Tradition and Contemporary Literature

by Norman Finkelstein
     
 

ISBN-10: 0791410897

ISBN-13: 9780791410899

Pub. Date: 09/28/1992

Publisher: State University of New York Press

Finkelstein examines a wide range of recent Jewish writing, including poetry, fiction, and literary criticism, in order to determine the changes such writing has undergone in its exposure to modern and postmodern conditions of culture. Featuring discussions of such figures as Gershom Scholem, Harold Bloom, George Steiner, Cynthia Ozick, and John Hollander, The

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Finkelstein examines a wide range of recent Jewish writing, including poetry, fiction, and literary criticism, in order to determine the changes such writing has undergone in its exposure to modern and postmodern conditions of culture. Featuring discussions of such figures as Gershom Scholem, Harold Bloom, George Steiner, Cynthia Ozick, and John Hollander, The Ritual of New Creation explores certain themes that recur in modern Jewish literature: the relation of the sacred to the secular in Jewish writing; the role of loss and exile; “wandering meaning” and textual transformation.

This is a book for all readers interested in modern Jewish literature, but especially for readers concerned with literary theory, the relations of text and commentary, and the fate of literary traditions in the contemporary and postmodern cultural milieu.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791410899
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
09/28/1992
Series:
SUNY series in Modern Jewish Literature and Culture Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
162
Lexile:
1570L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

1. Postmodernism and the Jewish Literary Intellectual

2. Harold Bloom; Or, the Sage of New Haven

3. Gershom Scholem and Literary Criticism

4. The Struggle for Historicity: Cynthia Ozick's Fiction

5. Lost and Found: Hollander, Mandelbaum, and the Poetry of Exile

6. Judaism and the Rhetoric of Authority: George Steiner's Textual Homeland

7. Walter Benjamin, Messianism, and Marxism: A Midrash

8. Nostalgia and Futurity: Jewish Literature in Transition

Notes

Index

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