German-Jewish Thought and Its Afterlife

German-Jewish Thought and Its Afterlife : A Tenuous Legacy

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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 iek, and Alain more

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  • Paperback | 218 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 12.7mm | 327g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 1 b&w
  • 0253024854
  • 9780253024855
  • 101,843

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"In a highly sophisticated--but clearly written and accessible manner--Vivian Liska traces the impact of the Jewish tradition on modernist German-Jewish thought and provocatively points to the challenges facing this aspect of its legacy for our own time." -Steven E. Aschheim, author of Beyond the Border: The German-Jewish Legacy Abroad "Convincing, original, and well thought. A crowning achievement for one of the most astute and visible critics of Kafka and of German Modernism today." -Jean-Michel Rabate, author of The Pathos of Distance: Affect of the Modernsshow more

About Vivian Liska

Vivian Liska is Professor of German Literature and Director of the Institute of Jewish Studies at the University of Antwerp, Belgium. She is also Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Faculty of the Humanities at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. She is author of When Kafka Says We: Uncommon Communities in German-Jewish Literature (IUP).Liska's academic bio is available here: more

Table of contents

AcknowledgementsIntroductionI Tradition and Transmission1. Early Jewish Modernity and Arendt's Rahel2. Tradition and the Hidden: Arendt Reading Scholem3. Transmitting the Gap in Time: Arendt and AgambenII Law and Narration4. "As if Not": Agamben as Reader of Kafka5. Kafka, Narrative, and the Law6. Kafka's Other Job: From Susman to iekIII Messianic Language 7. Pure Languages: Benjamin and Blanchot on Translation 8. Ideas of Prose: Benjamin and Agamben9. Reading Scholem and Benjamin on the DemonicIV Exile, Remembrance, Exemplarity10. Paradoxes of Exemplarity: From Celan to Derrida11. Two Kinds of Strangers: Celan and Bachmann12. Exile as Experience and Metaphor: From Celan to Badiou13. Geoffrey Hartman on Midrash and TestimonyEpilogue: New AngelsNotesBibliographyIndexshow more