Not a Simple Story

Not a Simple Story : Love and Politics in a Modern Hebrew Novel

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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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 168 pages
  • 147.3 x 223.5 x 15.2mm | 272.16g
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739104748
  • 9780739104743

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
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About Sharon M. Green

Sharon M. Green teaches modern Jewish literature at the University of Toronto.
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