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Elie Wiesel : Jewish, Literary, and Moral Perspectives

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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.show more

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  • Hardback | 312 pages
  • 162.56 x 231.14 x 25.4mm | 566.99g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 0253008050
  • 9780253008053
  • 1,345,611

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Katz and Rosen's rich and accessible volume deepens our understanding of Wiesel's role as an intellectual and literary figure: a seminal Holocaust writer and witness, an innovative moral thinker, and an interpreter of Jewish texts and traditions. In sustained, consistent, and fluid analyses, the contributors provide powerful new insights and interpretations. It will remain the definitive collection of critical thinking onWiesel for years to come. * Holocaust and Genocide Studies * There is no getting our minds entirely around this immense figure, but the editors come pretty close....This book is an absolute requirement for all university libraries and Jewish institutions; a pleasure for any educated reader. * Jewish Book World * Close, scholarly readings of a master storyteller's fiction, memoirs and essays suggest his uncommon breadth and depth...Criticism that enhances the appreciation of readers well-versed in the author's work. * Kirkus Reviews * [An] illuminating collection of 24 academic essays . . . [and a] valuable look back on Wiesel's heroic authorial career. * Publishers Weekly * Within this book, prominent scholars in the fields of Biblical, Rabbinic, Hasidic, Holocaust, and literary studies offer fascinating and innovative analyses of Wiesel's texts as well as enlightening 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. * Examiner.com * By exploring the varied aspects of Wiesel's multifaceted career-his texts on the Bible, the Talmud, morality and Hasidism as well as his literary works, his teaching, and his testimony-this thought provoking volume adds considerable depth to our understanding of his impact. * New York Journal of Books *show more

About Steven T. Katz

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.show more

Table of contents

AcknowledgmentsIntroduction \ Alan RosenPart 1. 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 KimelmanPart 2. 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 GreenbergPart 3. 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 R. Horowitz 11. Wiesel's Post-Auschwitz Shema Yisrael \ Alan L. 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 DrukerPart 4. Testimony 15. Dialectic 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 L. Langer 18. Wiesel's Testament \ Oren Baruch Stier 19. Amery, Levi, Wiesel: The Futility of Holocaust Testimony \ Alvin H. RosenfeldPart 5. Legacies 20. With Shadows and With Song: Learning, Listening, Teaching \ Alan Rosen 21. Teaching through Words, Teaching 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 CotlerContributorsIndexshow more

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