Twentieth Century Jewish Literature

Twentieth Century Jewish Literature : Conceptions of the Divine

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The twentieth century brought significant changes for many Jews. Some of these were dramatic, even apocalyptic, while others were more gradual shifts in ways of life and worldviews. As traditional lifestyles eroded, Jews began to develop a new understanding of the divine and its place in their lives. Twentieth Century Jewish Literature examines how these radical changes manifested themselves in modern Jewish literature, by tracing the ways in which the Jewish writers of this period imagined and depicted the divine. In order to understand these writers' approach to the representation of God, it considers distinct strains in Jewish thought, which find their roots both within the Jewish culture and also come from outside Judaism. This book also locates the particular case of modern Jewish literature within the wider context of western literature and culture, exploring how modern Jewish literature can challenge scholarly assumptions of modernist traits in post-Christian western cultures and literatures. This book would be of interest to students and scholars of Religion and Literature, Jewish Studies, Comparative Literature, Cultural Studies and Modern Intellectual more

Product details

  • Hardback | 224 pages
  • 156 x 234mm
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1138918660
  • 9781138918665

About Neta Stahl

Neta Stahl is Assistant Professor at the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, Johns Hopkins Universityshow more

Table of contents

Introduction 1 Fin-de-Siécle Jewish Writers on the God of Nature  2 Theomorphism and Modern Jewish Literature’s Search for the Divine 3 The Pantheism of Angst in the Poetry of Uri Zvi Greenberg 4 Narrative and Providence in the Fiction of S. Y. Agnon 5 God in the Author’s Laboratory: The Divine in the Works of Isaac Bashevis Singer and Franz Kafka 6 The Madonna in the Subway: God and the Mundane in Modern Jewish Poetry 7 Philip Roth’s Complaint about God 8 ‘‬Don’‬t Leave Me Alone with God!‬’—Modern Jewish Literature and Theodicy Epilogueshow more