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The Divine in Modern Hebrew Literature

1st Edition

By Neta Stahl


256 pages

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Hardback: 9781138918665
pub: 2020-03-11
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Demonstrating the pervasive presence of God in modern Hebrew literature, this book explores the qualities that twentieth century Hebrew writers attributed to the divine, and examines their functions against the simplistic dichotomy between religious and secular literature.

The volume follows both chronological and thematic paths, offering a panoramic and multilayered analysis of the various strategies in which modern Hebrew writers, from the turn of the 19th century through the 21st century pursued in their attempt to represent the divine in the face of metaphysical, theological and representational challenges. Modern Hebrew literature ‬emerged during the nineteenth century as part of the Haskalah (Jewish Enlightenment) movement, ‬which ‬attempted to break from the traditional modes of Jewish intellectual and social life. ‬The Hebrew literature that arose in this period embraced the rebellious nature of the Haskalah and is therefore commonly characterized as secular in nature, ‬defying Orthodoxy and ‬rejecting the old Hebrew God.

Examining these radical changes in modern Jewish literature on the divine, this volume is a key text for scholars and students interested in modern Hebrew literature, religion, literature and Jewish studies.

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: Brenner and Shlonsky as a Case Study 3. Uri Zvi in Front of God 4. Narrative and Providence in the Fiction of S. Y. Agnon 5. "And You Will Hand Me into the Hands of Man": God in the Antiwar PoetryofYehuda Amichai and Dahlia Ravikovitch Epilogue: Pantheism and Its Discontents

About the Author

Neta Stahl is an Associate Professor in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures and the director of the Stulman Program in Jewish Studies at Johns Hopkins University. Her primary research interests lie at the intersection of literature and religion. She is the author of Other and Brother: The Figure of Jesus in the 20th-Century Jewish Literary Landscape (2013), and Drawings of the Heart: The Poetics of Yoel Hoffmann (2017), and the editor of Jesus Among the Jews (2012). Her articles appeared, among others, in Comparative Literature, Jewish Studies Quarterly, Religion & Literature, Prooftexts, and the Journal of Modern Jewish Studies.

About the Series

Routledge Jewish Studies Series

Studies, which are interpreted to cover the disciplines of history, sociology, anthropology, culture, politics, philosophy, theology, religion, as they relate to Jewish affairs. The remit includes texts which have as their primary focus issues, ideas, personalities and events of relevance to Jews, Jewish life and the concepts which have characterised Jewish culture both in the past and today. The series is interested in receiving appropriate scripts or proposals.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies