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Studies in Modern Jewish Literature (JPS Scholar of Distinction Series)
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This outstanding volume of 26 essays represents a cross-section of the writings of Arnold Band on Jewish literature. Band, a renowned Jewish studies and humanities scholar, writes on such topics as: literature in historic context, interpretations of Hasidic tales and other traditional texts, Zionism, S.Y. Agnon and other important Israeli writers, anti-Semitism and the Holocaust, Jewish studies, and the Jewish community. Scholars and students of Jewish studies and literature -- particularly Jewish literature -- won't want to miss this remarkable collection.

Table of Contents

  1. Contents
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. xi-xvi
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xvii-xviii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xix-xx
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  1. INTRODUCTION
  2. p. 1
  1. Confluent Myths: Two Lives
  2. pp. 3-20
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  1. LITERATURE IN ITS HISTORICAL CONTEXTS
  2. p. 21
  1. Back to Moses: Reflections on Reflections on Freud's Reflections on Jewish History
  2. pp. 23-32
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  1. The Beilis Trial in Literature: Notes on History and Fiction
  2. pp. 33-50
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  1. A Crusades Triptych in Modern Hebrew Literature
  2. pp. 51-64
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  1. Kafka: The Margins of Assimilation
  2. pp. 65-83
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  1. INTERPRETATION OF TRADITIONAL TEXTS
  2. p. 85
  1. Swallowing Jonah: The Eclipse of Parody
  2. pp. 87-108
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  1. The Politics of Scripture: The Hasidic Tale
  2. pp. 109-127
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  1. Folklore, Literature, and Scripture: The Bratslav Tale
  2. pp. 129-139
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  1. ISRAEL AND ZIONISM
  2. p. 141
  1. From Diaspora to Homeland: The Transfer of the Hebrew Literary Center to Eretz Yisrael
  2. pp. 143-156
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  1. The New Diasporism and the Old Diaspora
  2. pp. 157-166
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  1. Adumbrations of the Israeli "Identity Crisis" in Hebrew Literature of the 1960s
  2. pp. 167-176
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  1. The Impact of Statehood on the Israeli Literary Imagination
  2. pp. 177-193
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  1. MODERN HEBREW LITERATURE
  2. p. 195
  1. A Jewish Existentialist Hero: Agnon's "A Whole Loaf"
  2. pp. 197-211
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  1. The Evolving Masks of S. J. Agnon
  2. pp. 213-225
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  1. The Author, His Code, and His Reader: The Kafka-Agnon Polarities
  2. pp. 227-240
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  1. Agnon Encounters Freud
  2. pp. 241-250
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  1. OTHER HEBREW WRITERS
  2. p. 251
  1. The Beginnings of Modern Hebrew Literature: Perspectives on “Modernity”
  2. pp. 253-276
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  1. The Ahad Ha-Am–Berdyczewski Polarity
  2. pp. 277-287
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  1. The Sacralization of Language in Bialik’s Essays
  2. pp. 289-297
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  1. The Archaeology of Self Deception: A. B. Yehoshua’s Mar Mani
  2. pp. 299-314
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  1. ANTI-SEMITISM AND HOLOCAUST
  2. p. 315
  1. Refractions of the Blood Libel in Jewish Literature
  2. pp. 317-337
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  1. Scholarship as Lamentation: Shalom Spiegel on “The Binding of Isaac”
  2. pp. 339-350
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  1. JEWISH STUDIES AND THE COMMUNITY
  2. p. 351
  1. Our “She’ela Nikhbada:” Whose Hebrew Is It?
  2. pp. 353-368
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  1. Jewish Literature in the University
  2. pp. 369-387
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  1. Jewish Studies in American Liberal Arts Colleges and Universities
  2. pp. 389-408
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  1. Popular Fiction and the Shaping of Jewish Identity
  2. pp. 409-419
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