Not a Simple Story : Love and Politics in a Modern Hebrew Novel
Not a Simple Story presents the modern Hebrew writer Shmuel Yosef Agnon in a new light-as an artist cum thinker whose novels and short stories manifest a deep understanding of the social and political crisis at the heart of modern Jewish life. Based on a close reading of Agnon's seminal novel A Simple Story, Sharon Green's scholarly critique offers students of Jewish studies a unique opportunity to penetrate the literary enigma Agnon has represented for almost a century.
- Paperback | 168 pages
- 147.3 x 223.5 x 15.2mm | 272.16g
- 01 Jul 2002
- Lexington Books
- Lanham, MD, United States
Table of contents
Chapter 1 The Problem of Love in Modern Literature: A Historical Overview Chapter 2 Agnon the Social Critic: The "Successful" Society and the Stifling of Personal Freedom Chapter 3 Agnon the Psychologist (Part One): The Prevented Hero and His Inner Obstacles Chapter 4 Agnon the Psychologist (Part Two): The Sorrows of Young Hirshl-Madness as the Weak Man's Escape from Unhappiness Chapter 5 Agnon the Theologian: The Crowning Paradox-The Decline of Religion and the Loss of Love Chapter 6 Conclusion: A Portrait of the Artist as an Ironic Romantic-The "Impossibility" of the Jewish Love Story
About Sharon M. Green
Sharon M. Green teaches modern Jewish literature at the University of Toronto.