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InGerman-Jewish Thought and Its Afterlife,Vivian Liska innovatively focuses on the changing form, fate and function of messianism, law, exile, election, remembrance, and the transmission of tradition itself in three different temporal and intellectual frameworks: German-Jewish modernism, postmodernism, and the current period. Highlighting these elements of theJewish tradition in the works of Franz Kafka, Walter Benjamin, Gershom Scholem, Hannah Arendt, and Paul Celan, Liska reflects on dialogues and conversations between themandonthereception of their work.She shows how this Jewish dimension of their writings is transformed, but remains significant in the theories of Maurice Blanchot and Jacques Derrida and how it is appropriated, dismissed or denied by some of the most acclaimed thinkers at the turn of the twenty-first century such as Giorgio Agamben, Slavoj Žižek, and Alain Badiou.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Author’s Note
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xiv
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-8
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  1. I: Tradition and Transmission
  1. 1 Early Jewish Modernity and Arendt’s Rahel
  2. pp. 11-16
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  1. 2 Tradition and the Hidden: Arendt Reading Scholem
  2. pp. 17-25
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  1. 3 Transmitting the Gap in Time: Arendt and Agamben
  2. pp. 26-38
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  1. II: Law and Narration
  1. 4 “As if Not”: Agamben as Reader of Kafka
  2. pp. 41-53
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  1. 5 Kafka, Narrative, and the Law
  2. pp. 54-63
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  1. 6 Kafka’s Other Job: From Susman to Žižek
  2. pp. 64-84
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  1. III: Messianic Language
  1. 7 Pure Languages: Benjamin and Blanchot on Translation
  2. pp. 87-100
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  1. 8 Ideas of Prose: Benjamin and Agamben
  2. pp. 101-111
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  1. 9 Reading Scholem and Benjamin on the Demonic
  2. pp. 112-122
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  1. IV: Exile, Remembrance, Exemplarity
  1. 10 Paradoxes of Exemplarity: From Celan to Derrida
  2. pp. 125-134
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  1. 11 Two Kinds of Strangers: Celan and Bachmann
  2. pp. 135-142
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  1. 12 Exile as Experience and Metaphor: From Celan to Badiou
  2. pp. 143-153
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  1. 13 Winged Words and Wounded Voices: Geoffrey Hartman on Midrash and Testimony
  2. pp. 154-162
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  1. Epilogue: New Angels
  2. pp. 163-168
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 169-188
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 189-198
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 199-202
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  1. About the Author
  2. p. 203
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780253025005
Related ISBN
9780253024688
MARC Record
OCLC
960905922
Pages
218
Launched on MUSE
2017-01-05
Language
English
Open Access
No
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