Elie Wiesel: Jewish, Literary, and Moral Perspectives

Elie Wiesel: Jewish, Literary, and Moral Perspectives

Hardback Jewish Literature & Culture (Hardcover)

Edited by Steven T. Katz, Edited by Alan Rosen

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  • Publisher: Indiana University Press
  • Format: Hardback | 312 pages
  • Dimensions: 163mm x 231mm x 25mm | 567g
  • Publication date: 17 May 2013
  • Publication City/Country: Bloomington, IN
  • ISBN 10: 0253008050
  • ISBN 13: 9780253008053
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 830,199

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Nobel Peace Prize recipient Elie Wiesel, best known for his writings on the Holocaust, is also the accomplished author of novels, essays, tales, and plays as well as portraits of seminal figures in Jewish life and experience. In this volume, leading scholars in the fields of Biblical, Rabbinic, Hasidic, Holocaust, and literary studies offer fascinating and innovative analyses of Wiesel's texts as well as illuminating commentaries on his considerable influence as a teacher and as a moral voice for human rights. By exploring the varied aspects of Wiesel's multifaceted career--his texts on the Bible, the Talmud, and Hasidism as well as his literary works, his teaching, and his testimony--this thought-provoking volume adds depth to our understanding of the impact of this important man of letters and towering international figure.

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Steven T. Katz is Director of the Elie Wiesel Center for Judaic Studies and holds the Shirley Slater Chair in Jewish and Holocaust Studies at Boston University. He is editor of The Shtetl: New Evaluations and The Impact of the Holocaust on Jewish Theology.Alan Rosen teaches Holocaust literature at the International School for Holocaust Studies, Yad Vashem, and other Holocaust study centers. He is author of Sounds of Defiance: The Holocaust, Multilingualism, and the Problem of English and The Wonder of Their Voices: The 1946 Holocaust Interviews with David Boder.

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"Navigating deftly among Wiesel's varied scholarly and literary works, the authors view his writings from religious, social, political, and literary perspectives in highly accessible prose that will well serve a broad and diverse readership." S. Lillian Kremer, author of Women's Holocaust Writing: Memory and Imagination "[An] illuminating collection of 24 academic essays ... [and a] valuable look back on Wiesel's heroic authorial career."--Publishers Weekly

Table of contents

Introduction, Alan Rosen I - Bible and Talmud 1. Alone with God: Wiesel's Writings on the Bible, Joel Rosenberg; 2. Wiesel as Interpreter of Biblical Narrative, Everett Fox; 3. Wiesel and Rabbi Akiva, Joseph Polak; 4. Wiesel and the Stories of the Rabbis, Reuven Kimelman II - Hasidism 5. Wiesel in the Context of Neo-Hasidism, Arthur Green,; 6. Reflections on Wiesel's Hasidic Tales, Steven T. Katz; 7. Yearning for Sacred Place: Wiesel's Hasidic Tales and Postwar Hasidism, Nehemia Polen; 8. The Hasidic Spark and the Holocaust, Gershon Greenberg III - Belles Lettres 9. Lot's Wife and "A Plea for the Dead": Commemoration, Memory and Shame, Nancy Harrowitz; 10. The Storyteller in History: Shoah Memory and the Idea of the Novel, Sara Horowitz; 11. Wiesel's Post-Auschwitz Shema Yisrael, Alan Berger; 12. Dreams and Dialogues: Wiesel's Holocaust Memories, Ellen S. Fine; 13. The Trauma of History in The Gates of the Forest Victoria Aarons; 14. Victims, Executioners, and the Ethics of Political Violence: A Levinasian Reading of Dawn, Jonathan Druker IV - Testimony 15. Dialectical Living and Thinking: Wiesel as Storyteller and Interpreter of the Shoah, Irving Greenberg; 16. Wiesel's Aggadic Outcry, David Patterson; 17. Whose Testimony? The Confusion of Fiction with Fact, Lawrence Langer; 18. Wiesel's Testament, Oren Baruch Stier; 19. Amery, Levi, Wiesel: The Futility of Holocaust Testimony, Alvin H. Rosenfeld V - Legacies 20. With Shadows and With Song: Learning, Listening, Teaching, Alan Rosen; 21. Teacher through Words, Teacher through Silence: Education After (and About) Auschwitz, Reinhold Boschki; 22. Toward a Methodology of Wonder, Ariel Burger; 23. Wiesel's Contribution to a Christian Understanding of Judaism, John K. Roth; 24. Conscience, Irwin Cotler Elie Wiesel's Book Publications; Notes; Index