Liberal and Illiberal Arts: Essays (Mostly Jewish)

Liberal and Illiberal Arts: Essays (Mostly Jewish)

by Abraham Socher
Liberal and Illiberal Arts: Essays (Mostly Jewish)

Liberal and Illiberal Arts: Essays (Mostly Jewish)

by Abraham Socher

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Overview

"Socher is one of the sharpest observers of Jewish America in our times. These essays, tracing a journey from a yeshiva to Oberlin College and from Franz Kafka to Rabbi Kook, are a loving, cutting, whimsical, and wise look at a Jewish moment that he senses might be ending."—Matti Friedman, author of Spies of No Country: Secret Lives at the Birth of Israel

How did Humphrey Bogart end up telling Lauren Bacall a Talmudic story in the film Key Largo, and what does that have to do with Plato's theory of recollection—or American Jewish assimilation? Precisely what poem of Robert Frost's inspired Nabokov's Pale Fire, and how did Walter Benjamin learn about the remarkable stones of Sinai? Abraham Socher wears his learning lightly. These witty and original essays embody the spirit of the liberal arts, but the highlight of this collection may be his devastating account of the illiberal arts at work in Oberlin College, where he taught for eighteen years.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940160738208
Publisher: Dry, Paul Books, Incorporated
Publication date: 02/01/2022
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Abraham Socher is the editor of the Jewish Review of Books, which he founded, and a professor emeritus of Jewish Studies and Religion at Oberlin College. His recent edition of the Autobiography of Solomon Maimon (Princeton University Press) was a finalist for a National Jewish Book Award. Socher lives with his family in Beachwood, Ohio.
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